Weekly Roundup: Making payments difficult, selfies and prioritising the mental health of young people


This week we’re taking a look at some of the top stories about mental health that are affecting each and every one of us. The focus this time round is particularly on young people and how their mental health issues are often overlooked and time spent on social media could prove to be extremely detrimental to their development and wellbeing.

Should we be adding MORE friction to spending to improve people’s mental health?

Nowadays it’s easier than ever to pay for something. If many of us are out and about and want to pick up something under £30, we can pay with our cards via a contactless terminal. If we’re buying online we can use PayPal or our browsers will fill in our payment details for us automatically. But in this interesting article from The Guardian, Emily Reynolds explores whether these really easy, quick and frictionless ways to pay may actually be causing more problems for those with mental health challenges.

Research shows discussions around mental health are benefitting the Welsh population

So many different organisations and individuals are calling for more open and honest discussions around mental health. And, according to research from Time to Change Wales, this approach really works. The charity has found that throughout its four-year campaign to raise awareness of mental health issues there’s been an increase in people seeing mental health in a much more positive light.

Can selfies and social media damage the mental health of young people?

Over the past few years, many health professionals have expressed concern about the effects social media might have on our mental wellbeing. Now psychologist Dr. Linda Papadopoulos has spoken out about her concerns over how constant exposure to social media might be really detrimental to young people’s view of themselves and the world around them.

Exploring what can be done to target the youth mental health treatment gap

Recent reports have revealed that more than one in 10 children will suffer from a diagnosable mental illness, and yet only one in four will receive treatment. The NHS, and various charities, are doing their best to figure out how to better help young people in need and this article about the work of the Birmingham University is a good start.

Each and every week we’ll be bringing you a fresh summary of the top stories concerned with mental health, any of the latest stats we can get our hands on and recently released research that provides us with insights into how we can better tackle the mental health issues that affect us all.

Keep checking back to our blog every week to find out what you’ve been missing. You can also follow UK Therapy Guide on Twitter for the last news: @UKTherapyGuide

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