DID YOU KNOW?
- On average, young people look at 30 images of themselves before they post just one!
- There are 7.1 billion people on the planet – with 7.4 billion active mobile phones.
- 500 million tweets are sent every day.
- According to the Mental Health Foundation (2018), research shows 1/3 of us will experience mental health problems each year, with 50% of mental health problems are established by age 14.
- Figures obtained by the NSPCC show a sharp rise in the number of mental health referrals in English schools – up by more than a third – with more than half (55%) of referrals coming from primary schools.
THE VIEW FROM NORWOOD
“We’re now dealing with more complex cases than ever before. I was bullied at school but I went home and it was gone. Now the kids that we’re looking at, they can’t get away from it because it’s on their Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram – it’s sent out to the world.”
Alex Amzallag, who has worked for Norwood for 19 years
“If you’re not on it, you’re an outsider – it can be all too consuming [leading to] self-harming and competition with others. At each initial assessment we now ask about social media. We ask them what social media platforms they use, how much screen time they have, these are questions we never would have asked even three years ago. When a young person talks about a friend, we always have to ask: ‘Are these real friends or online friends?’”
Susan Cohen, Norwood Psychological Therapies Manager
“They have this extra confidence when there’s a screen… but it still hurts.”
“If you delete your account then [you feel like] you’re out of the world.”
Rebecca Lane, supported by Norwood
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