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It is quoted in statistics that 1 in 4 people suffer with mental illness, 1 in 5 for younger people.

Teenagers often go through mental health challenges, and they either may not recognise this, or they will not know how to go about getting help and helping themselves.

Sheffield Flourish are a mental health charity and community network based in sheffield, set up in 2012 they aim to support those who are living with mental health conditions.

The charity aims to use people’s skills, ideas and talent to build the lives they wish to lead.

In an interview with Jo Eckersley, 28 who works with Sheffield Flourish I asked why it was so important for people to be in touch with their mental health in order to look after themselves

She said “There are plenty of people whose mental health is very present in everything that they do”

One of the hardest challenges to face when experiencing mental health issues may be just acknowledging that something could be wrong.

Touching on this Jo Eckersley said “It is essential that people have the right support networks and provisions in place to help them, and to encourage people to access and use self help”

Teenagers may be experiencing these problems at home, school, college, social situations etc and so it is very important that they get the help that they need.

Across schools and colleges, you may or may not find that you are or are not offered counselling and advice from some of your teachers.

Sheffield flourish believe that schools and colleges “should invest in the wellbeing of their students”

Teenagers are under extreme pressure at school, some self inflicted with the aspiration to succeed and others because of the targets that they have to reach.

Stress can be one of the main leading causes of many mental illnesses, so finding healthy ways to handle the stress will result in noticeable improvements.

“Schools are likely to find they get better results all round when they make sure that their students are properly supported.”

If problems do not stem from school life, there are many ways to approach getting help.

When asked what her advice would be to help someone who may be going through a hard time, Jo Eckersley said “first of all I’d advise anyone seriously struggling to contact 999, or contact the sheffield helpline But there is often a waiting list…”

“… there are a whole host of community organisations who can bridge the gap. Try checking the Sheffield Flourish and Sheffield mental health guide for more information”

Although Sheffield Flourish do not work directly with teenagers, they strongly recommend organisations such as Chilly pep that will be able to provide similar services.

Do not be afraid to reach out for help, whether that be through somebody close to you or somebody in authority, such as doctors, teachers and maybe even work colleagues.

There are also a number of online sources you can contact and read about other people’s stories, Mental Health on the Mighty on Facebook and many organisations that will be able to point you in the right direction over twitter.

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