New research carried out by the charity, Girlguiding has found that nearly half (46%) of young women aged between 17 and 21 have reached out for help for their mental health.
Worryingly, self-harm ranks at the top of their list of health concerns followed by smoking, mental illness, depression and eating disorders. Sadly, it appears as though these young women are also suffering in silence because they report to feeling largely unsupported.
An astounding 82% of young women and teenagers who were questioned said that they feel adults don’t understand the pressures they face in today’s world. Less than half of girls (44%) say that they have discussed mental health in school, 54% say they simply don’t feel comfortable talking about it but 52% would like to know where they can go for help and support with regard to these issues.
Physical appearance and sexual harassment worries continue to rise and are becoming a prime concern for young women. 75% of those aged between 11 and 21 say that they feel anxious about what to wear when they go out and this has a negative impact on them. It’s no wonder young girls are feeling this way when two in five admit to receiving a degrading comment about how they look in the last week alone.
The Chief Executive of Girlguiding, Julie Bentley commented:
“The findings in the survey provide a stark warning about the fragile state of the wellbeing of girls in the UK. We need the support of decision-makers to start an open conversation about girls’ concerns. By listening to them, we can work together to tackle the root causes of their distress and champion their potential.”
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