Social Media Made My Anxiety & Post Natal Depression Worse


Wendy’s Story Social media started negatively impacting my mental health when my second baby was around 2 weeks old, I was 25. There was an incident one day when I was bathing him, he rolled his face into the water and a few heartbeats passed before I noticed. My son was fine, a little shaken […]

Peers Without Pressure, Anna and Millie

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Wimbledon High Students Anna and Millie are students at Wimbledon High who take part in the school’s peer counselling project. They help advise younger girls on how to cope with the pressures around them. That pressure can come from outside: Anna and Millie say that looking good and body image are big concerns among some […]

Belonging To Something Bigger Than Yourself, Jane Lunnon

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Headmistress The Head of Wimbledon High School, Jane Lunnon, says that the world has changed for her pupils. The old certainties of society aren’t there any more — what fills the gaps is often social media. Jane says young people need breaks from comparing themselves to their peers. Nothing, she says, beats a really good […]

You’re Not On Your Own, Emily Clarkson

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Blogger Emily Clarkson set up her blog, Pretty Normal Me, as a way of saying to other young women like her and her sister that ‘you’re ok’. Whoever you are, whatever you look like — despite the pressure that she has noticed in other media. Emily has been diagnosed with anxiety and found herself prey […]

Food is Not the Enemy, Steph Elswood

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Steph Elswood trained as a dancer from a young age. She felt under pressure to compete with her peers and wanted to be the ‘skinny girl’. But seeing food as the enemy left her ill and suffering from panic attacks. Counselling and learning to cook creative and healthy food has brought her a new attitude […]

Beyond the Perfect Image, Roxie Nafousi

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Beauty blogger Roxie Nafousi says she has a love-hate relationship with social media. When she was younger, bullying at school left her with problems with body image, extreme dieting and obsessive behaviour. Roxie’s learned that eating well and exercising sensibly works for her. ‘Yoga has saved me’ and everyone should try it, Roxie recommends. And […]

The Mindful Entrepreneur, Rohan Gunatillake

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He is the founder of hit apps buddhify and Sleeplessness. A highly original and creative entrepreneur, talker, writer and overall Mindfulness octopus who has been named ‘one of the people who will change the world.’ Mostly however, Rohan Gunatillake teaches us how to integrate Mindfulness and the modern digital fast lane. How to insert the […]

A White Disease?, Dior Vargas

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Feminist Latina on Mental Health Even when Dior Vargas was depressed and suicidal, she felt she shouldn’t complain. ‘Mental illness is considered a privileged white person thing’, she says. Vargas is the founder of the People of Color and Mental Illness Photo Project, created to counter the invisibility of people of colour in media coverage […]

Fighting for your Child, Dani Maimone

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Mother of Child with Eating Disorder and Depression Depression and anxiety among children and teenagers has soared. Yet a staggering 70 percent don’t receive help when they need it most. When Dani Maimone’s teenage daughter developed an eating disorder and became so depressed that all she wanted to do was die, Maimone faced years of fighting […]