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Empowering Teenagers on Mental Health Issues

Monday, September 22nd, 2008 Empowering Teenagers on Mental Health Issues

According to Max Pemberton there is a fundamental need to improve teenagers knowledge around mental health issues. This is borne out by a study conducted by Great Ormond Street Hospital, published last week, which found that almost half of school children surveyed could not name a single mental illness. Boys between the ages of 12 and 14 were least likely to be able to name one, and even those that fared the best - 17- and 18-year-old girls - got most of their knowledge from celebrities discussing their own problems in the media.

It revealed a shocking amount of ignorance, despite mental illness being relatively common in young people: around one in 15 deliberately self-harms, with more than 25,000 admitted to hospital each year due to the seriousness of their injuries. More than one per cent are diagnosed with severe depression. Undoubtedly, there are many challenges ahead.

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