Teenagers face stigma in school for mental-health difficulties

The TES is reporting that almost two-thirds of young people who are stigmatised for their mental-health difficulties say that this happens in school, a new survey reveals.

More than 2,000 young people between the ages of 11 and 24 were questioned by the youth charity YMCA. The survey – which is being published to coincide with World Mental Health Day, today – revealed that 38 per cent of those with mental-health difficulties felt that they were stigmatised for them.

In the majority of cases, this stigma came from friends. But a significant number of teenagers also said that they were stigmatised by teachers or lecturers.

They added that this attitude damaged their relationships with teachers, affected their academic performance, school attendance and confidence.

The vast majority of pupils surveyed – 70 per cent – said that public attitudes towards mental health meant that they were less willing to talk about the problems they were facing than they might otherwise have been.

Denise Hatton, chief executive of YMCA England said: “Mental health is one of the principal worries affecting their generation today.

“What is alarming from these findings is the widespread stigma young people are now seeing or experiencing from others, which is making them less likely to seek professional help.”

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Comments

  1. ThorleyW

    SchoolsImprove especially given for some school is the safe haven when home us not. Support is essential – seriously impacts learning

  2. Busy Mum

    ThorleyW SchoolsImprove Though I have observed the majority of mental health cases are girls from very stable backgrounds.

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