Mental health in young women can be overlooked by parents

A new survey has revealed that parents can be so worried about their daughters abusing alcohol and drugs that they may miss other mental health problems.

According to a new survey by Girlguiding UK, most girls (58 per cent) aged 13 to 21 said they were seriously worried about mental health issues, and over a third fretted about cyber-bullying and being unemployed.

They also believed they were misunderstood by their parents. A sizeable 82 per cent said they felt adults didn’t recognise the pressure they are under, with 42 per cent more concerned with their daughters getting caught up in drug addiction, alcohol abuse (33 per cent) and smoking (29 per cent).

The results of the survey indicate mental health is a far-reaching issue. Of those surveyed, 62 per cent had friends who had experienced mental health problems, with three quarters saying self harming was a serious health issue.

As over half of you (57 per cent) find it awkward talking about your mental health problems, we’ve put together a list of the best numbers to ring if you need advice or counselling. Don’t hesitate to get in touch.

1. Childline – 0800 1111 (24 hours)

Childline is the UK’s free helpline for children and young people. It provides confidential telephone and counselling service for anyone with a problem. Don’t be deceived, it’s not just for kids!

2. Get Connected – 0808 808 4994 (7 days a week 1pm-11pm)

Free, confidential helpline for under 25s that provides connections to local or national services, and can text information to callers’ mobiles.

3. Frank – 0800 77 66 00 (24 hours)

Provides help and advice for anyone worried about their or a friend’s drug use. Free from a landline and won”t show up on a phone bill for confidentiality.

4. Samaritans – 08457 90 90 90 (24 hours, 7 days a week)

Volunteers will listen to anyone in any type of emotional distress, without judging ot telling them what to do.