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    (Original post by Moonstruck16)
    My father is a narcissist and I haven't seen my mother since I was 18 - no idea where she is. I'm pretty miserable when I'm away from university but I can't really change anything now, not before I graduate. Hopefully, this will be my last summer holiday at home.

    Consider yourself very lucky.

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    (Original post by SGHD26716)
    Still an unbelievable number though. 1 in 5 adolescents.

    If that was for a physical disease, there would be an outrage.
    I know, it's unbelievable. But as a 17 year old i cannot do much, i don't even get the right to vote till next year which is too late as elections have passed and things are going down hill from here.
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    (Original post by SGHD26716)
    Prior to the conclusion of my exams, I was hardly using this website. However, now that I use it more I often see threads mentioning how unhappy people's lives are or they still feel something missing in their life. Why is this the case in young people. Being young, this is (apparently) the best time of our lives.

    But looking at statistics, depression and anxiety in young people has increased by 70% in the past 25 years. This is despite drinking, smoking, and drug taking by young people decreasing.

    So why is it that people still aren't happy? Can all of this really just be down to the impact of social media, and the pressure of exams?
    Because there is no guidance and schools don't and won't acknowledge it.
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    (Original post by MissBravo)
    I know, it's unbelievable. But as a 17 year old i cannot do much, i don't even get the right to vote till next year which is too late as elections have passed and things are going down hill from here.
    Don't worry, the way things are going we'll probably have an election next year
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    (Original post by MissBravo)
    Personally i hate it when people minimize peoples problems "oh you're only 17 you haven't seen the world" it make you feel so small and as if you don't matter. You make some great points.

    If i were to advice parents id tell them to not make their kids problems seem small because to the kid or whoever at the time they are huge.
    Exactly
    Also, people will often say it without actually knowing what somebody is going through.
    People need to stop and listen for a while before passing judgement and making comments like that. I would have never opened up fully to somebody before testing the waters with a smaller issue. If they were dismissive about that there's no way I was going to bare my soul to them!
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    (Original post by Xopher_)
    Because there is no guidance and schools don't and won't acknowledge it.
    Why though?

    At my school you had PSHE like once a term so we talked about mental health twice. Not great.
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    (Original post by SGHD26716)
    Don't worry, the way things are going we'll probably have an election next year
    I may have lived in the UK since i was 6 but if it keeps getting worse they will start deporting people at this rate. I'm lucky i live in an accepting area so i don't get threats and people treat me as if i was a British citizen. I'd say the political and economical state of the country scares the s**t out of me.
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    (Original post by Kindred)
    Exactly
    Also, people will often say it without actually knowing what somebody is going through.
    People need to stop and listen for a while before passing judgement and making comments like that. I would have never opened up fully to somebody before testing the waters with a smaller issue. If they were dismissive about that there's no way I was going to bare my soul to them!
    You genuinely sound like a great person, who has an amazing way of presenting your opinion which is very relatable and understandable. I think many people get stuck in what to say and go with whatever anyone else is saying or go from their experience. Education systems don't really teach a good way of approaching someone in a bad state. Forcing people to talk wont help anyone.
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    (Original post by SGHD26716)
    Unfortunately I can't do anything for you but wish you the best for the future. Good luck.
    It's ok. I feel like in a storm now and don't know if I'll make it out or not, but if I do, I have life plans that I am looking forward to

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    Maybe mental illness is increasing because alcohol and drug use is decreasing
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    (Original post by Moonstruck16)
    It's ok. I feel like in a storm now and don't know if I'll make it out or not, but if I do, I have life plans that I am looking forward to

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    Fingers crossed you do.
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    (Original post by MissBravo)
    I hope things get well soon for all that means, i know my words may not mean much but i wish you the best for the future.
    They mean a lot, thanks It's funny but randos on this forum know more about what's going on in my life than anyone I know in real life haha.

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    Maybe mental illness is increasing because alcohol and drug use is decreasing
    So you're saying in the past people would have hid their problems by alcohol and drugs?

    I'm more concerned over the amount of people suffering from mental illnesses.
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    It's simple. The older generations continue to stick it to the younger generations who ultimately have to deal with their mess. Whether that be finances, climate change or politics. The pressure placed on them during exam periods and the ideology to be perfect and unrealistic expectations portrayed by the media and reality tv.
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    (Original post by SGHD26716)
    Why though?

    At my school you had PSHE like once a term so we talked about mental health twice. Not great.
    My best friends councilor left the school without even telling her and it's been a struggle ever since. The school have limited councilors to talk to who can manage such a huge school, this is all due to limited funding. In addition, some councilors are really late to appointments and people with anxiety and depression already feel rubbish and usually won't wait all the time and get frustrated. i feel like it's not taken seriously enough.
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    (Original post by MissBravo)
    My best friends councilor left the school without even telling her and it's been a struggle ever since. The school have limited councilors to talk to who can manage such a huge school, this is all due to limited funding. In addition, some councilors are really late to appointments and people with anxiety and depression already feel rubbish and usually won't wait all the time and get frustrated. i feel like it's not taken seriously enough.
    What would you say are the solutions then?
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    (Original post by Moonstruck16)
    They mean a lot, thanks It's funny but randos on this forum know more about what's going on in my life than anyone I know in real life haha.

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    I think it's perfectly understandable. The person that knows most about me is some random guy who lives miles away from me who i feel i can trust and talk to unlike people around me.
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    fewer children are brought up in stable God-fearing families. it is no wonder things are falling apart.
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    (Original post by SGHD26716)
    Prior to the conclusion of my exams, I was hardly using this website. However, now that I use it more I often see threads mentioning how unhappy people's lives are or they still feel something missing in their life. Why is this the case in young people. Being young, this is (apparently) the best time of our lives.

    But looking at statistics, depression and anxiety in young people has increased by 70% in the past 25 years. This is despite drinking, smoking, and drug taking by young people decreasing.

    So why is it that people still aren't happy? Can all of this really just be down to the impact of social media, and the pressure of exams?
    Social media does play a big part. The internet in general actually
 
 
 
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