English Speech on Glorifying Mental Illness Watch

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For my GCSE I have to write a speech about something I'm passionate. I was wondering if anyone was willing to give feedback on the draft I've made? It would mean a lot! Thanks

Skinny girls are on the cover of every magazine, social media is filled to the brim with these picture perfect girls, their sparkling white teeth, clear skin and stunning figures. We are brought up being told to love ourselves and all our flaws but how can we when these digitally enhanced photos of this distorted idea of ‘beautiful’ is being waved in our faces at any given moment?

What is this promoting exactly? Young girls aspire to look like these models, 5’7, long legs, toned stomachs, their collarbones sticking out. The whole idea of ‘clean eating’, going to the gym every morning or night, spending their lives counting calories and snacking on salad. Society telling children that they have to be skinny to be pretty? These are disordered behaviours that shouldn’t be seen as normal but yet somehow can be. Children as young as 10 can be downloading apps like ‘myfitnesspal’ or other calorie counting apps and on social media platforms like Instagram or Pinterest looking at ‘thinspiration’ which is basically photos of underweight teenagers with what’s seen as a ‘perfect figure’, there’s even accounts that promote eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia? Yet Instagram and other websites do not do anything about these accounts and there are whole websites dedicated to getting a ‘victorias secret angel’s figure’.

On top of all of this depression, self harm and anxiety are also being glorified, personally, I’ve seen year 7s on social media, particularly tumblr, posting and liking photos of depressing quotes on pictures of girls with scars on their arms and we’ve all seen the anorexia tumblrs raving about how happy they are that their spines are finally peaking from the back of their bodies or how the anxiety remedy is to take a Lush bubble bath and play some Twenty One Pilots while you're at it. There are girls that post online pictures of their ribs with the caption saying how many days they’ve only had water and maybe an apple to eat. Children and teenagers are especially vunerable and naïve, this makes mental illnesses seem ‘trendy’ and cool. Such destructive behaviours become normal, there are thousands of blogs and accounts out their promoting such life threatening illnesses.

All you have to do is google ‘depressed tumblr’ and what appears? Quotes such as ‘It’s hard to hide your story when it’s written all over your body’ with images of self harm in the background. Anxiety is promoted as ‘just being shy’ and there are posts plastered all over the internet of ‘relatable posts when you have anxiety’ which are actually more to do with feeling anxious and not a serious illness. You can say ‘I’m going to kill myself’ and people will laugh and joke around and comment this on posts they see online that are maybe a bit cringey or funny as ‘a laugh’.

We, as a society, need to stop glorifying mental illnesses.
In 2017 6,188 suicides were registered in the United Kingdom and female suicide rates are at their highest in a decade. Surely these figures alone scream to us that we need to do something to help people with these awful illnesses instead of making them seem like something people want and aspire to have. It’s one thing to stop the stigma around mental health and to advertise helplines and services such as CAMHS – child and adolescent mental health service and organisations such as mind but it is not okay to promote these disorders as it makes it seem as if it’s normal to have depression and eating disorders but nothing about that is normal and no one should be influenced into wanting to have such dreadful conditions.
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For my GCSE I have to write a speech about something I'm passionate. I was wondering if anyone was willing to give feedback on the draft I've made? It would mean a lot! Thanks

Skinny girls are on the cover of every magazine, social media is filled to the brim with these picture perfect girls, their sparkling white teeth, clear skin and stunning figures. We are brought up being told to love ourselves and all our flaws but how can we when these digitally enhanced photos of this distorted idea of ‘beautiful’ is being waved in our faces at any given moment?

What is this promoting exactly? Young girls aspire to look like these models, 5’7, long legs, toned stomachs, their collarbones sticking out. The whole idea of ‘clean eating’, going to the gym every morning or night, spending their lives counting calories and snacking on salad. Society telling children that they have to be skinny to be pretty? These are disordered behaviours that shouldn’t be seen as normal but yet somehow can be. Children as young as 10 can be downloading apps like ‘myfitnesspal’ or other calorie counting apps and on social media platforms like Instagram or Pinterest looking at ‘thinspiration’ which is basically photos of underweight teenagers with what’s seen as a ‘perfect figure’, there’s even accounts that promote eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia? Yet Instagram and other websites do not do anything about these accounts and there are whole websites dedicated to getting a ‘victorias secret angel’s figure’.

On top of all of this depression, self harm and anxiety are also being glorified, personally, I’ve seen year 7s on social media, particularly tumblr, posting and liking photos of depressing quotes on pictures of girls with scars on their arms and we’ve all seen the anorexia tumblrs raving about how happy they are that their spines are finally peaking from the back of their bodies or how the anxiety remedy is to take a Lush bubble bath and play some Twenty One Pilots while you're at it. There are girls that post online pictures of their ribs with the caption saying how many days they’ve only had water and maybe an apple to eat. Children and teenagers are especially vunerable and naïve, this makes mental illnesses seem ‘trendy’ and cool. Such destructive behaviours become normal, there are thousands of blogs and accounts out their promoting such life threatening illnesses.

All you have to do is google ‘depressed tumblr’ and what appears? Quotes such as ‘It’s hard to hide your story when it’s written all over your body’ with images of self harm in the background. Anxiety is promoted as ‘just being shy’ and there are posts plastered all over the internet of ‘relatable posts when you have anxiety’ which are actually more to do with feeling anxious and not a serious illness. You can say ‘I’m going to kill myself’ and people will laugh and joke around and comment this on posts they see online that are maybe a bit cringey or funny as ‘a laugh’.

We, as a society, need to stop glorifying mental illnesses.
In 2017 6,188 suicides were registered in the United Kingdom and female suicide rates are at their highest in a decade. Surely these figures alone scream to us that we need to do something to help people with these awful illnesses instead of making them seem like something people want and aspire to have. It’s one thing to stop the stigma around mental health and to advertise helplines and services such as CAMHS – child and adolescent mental health service and organisations such as mind but it is not okay to promote these disorders as it makes it seem as if it’s normal to have depression and eating disorders but nothing about that is normal and no one should be influenced into wanting to have such dreadful conditions.
Hey there,

Love the passion, you can feel it. My only thing is that I feel it's split into two different halves. The first feels like a speech on perception of what young people/people see as beauty, but then it just takes a sharp turn in a new direction with mental illness. They both feel like seperate speeches you could do on their own, not together. Secondly, I'd recommend injecting a little bit more of you into it. Why do you feel the way you do about it, what impact does it have on your conscious, why do you feel like the audience needs to take this more seriously. I don't know how long it is until you're meant to hand this in, I'd recommend a great book called 'the storytellers secret' by Carmine Gallo, that might help you. Anyway, you've got a really interesting piece here. Just pick which direction you want to roll with it. Let me know if you want me to read another draft, I'd love to see how it progressess. I wish you the best of luck, great work!

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