Health > Young people ‘fear shame’ asking for mental health help

Posted on March 3, 2017

Original image by Dimitris Siskopoulos

Original image by Dimitris Siskopoulos

Tre Thomas reports on how a third of youths would not seek support for their problems
A survey suggests that three quarters of young people wouldn’t seek help if suffering with a mental illness.

In February 2017, YouGov undertook a survey of 2,215 16-25-year-olds for the Prince’s Trust. Almost half said they had experienced a mental health problem.

A third of the young people thought seeking help would affect their job chances.

Professor Louise Arseneault, a mental health professional at Kings College London, who was in charge of the survey, was extremely worried about the results.

“This can be a major obstacle for them in seeking help and finding support, which could further affect their confidence in finding work at a crucial stage in their lives.”

What I think?
It’s worrying to see young people being afraid of asking for help because they may be judged by their mental illness. If a young person is struggling with their mental illness friends and family should encourage them to ask for help. Having a mental illness could be a major obstacle in a young person’s life, so they should be helped, not worrying about it.

Tre Thomas
Tre’s favourite subject at school is media but he is also doing triple science and is interested in a career in engineering.


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2 Responses to Young people ‘fear shame’ asking for mental health help

  1. Richard Medina March 8, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

    This article was well done, Tre. It’s startling to see how many people don’t seek and are nervous about seeking help for mental illness. If you could include any websites or local clinics that could help readers take the first steps toward treatment, that would be great. Or, if you quoted another expert in the field about opening up to mental illness, I think it could add an extra element to your piece.

  2. Redwan March 27, 2017 at 2:45 pm #

    I really appreciate the accuracy of this article. I have fellow friends who are afraid to seek help due to stigma or afraid that their family will be unable to bear it. This article presents the problem in society and people’s fear of seeking help due to various reasons. It would be better if you went in-depth on the consequences of not seeking mental health.

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