Are we swiping left on mental health?

Struggle & success

Julie-Ann Robertson I quit Instagram in January. My mental health was taking a shake and I noticed I was flicking through my news feed and posting a story update every other hour because, frankly, I was looking for a validation fix. Shortly afterwards, I quit the rest of my social platforms. Am I over-reacting by cutting […]

Navigating an anxious online world, Emma Gannon

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Emma Gannon is a writer, broadcaster and podcaster. She’s the author of ‘The Multi-Hyphen Method’ about the new world of work. Emma loves her work but she also deals with anxiety that sometimes makes her feel a ‘wasp in a jam jar’ is trapped inside. She says we live in a world with so much information and […]

The Honest Truth, Emily Hartridge

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Fitness instructor and YouTuber Emily Hartridge has had two breakdowns. Nervous and anxious as a child, Emily felt the ups and downs of growing up more than her friends. Her then-boyfriend helped pull her out of her first breakdown; her second four years ago was even more devastating. “I couldn’t work for two years. It […]

Making real connections, Jamie Jewitt

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Model and former Love Island contestant Jamie Jewitt realised that he was trying to live up to an image of success that was created by the industry he worked in. He worries that social media makes that image pervasive: there’s pressure to make your whole life look perfect. Now he tries to project a more […]

There’s No Perfect Life, Niomi Smart

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YouTuber and Instagrammer Niomi Smart tries to use her life online to promote a healthy and happy community and create a positive mindset among her followers. But she’s conscious that despite providing tips on healthy eating and lifestyle for her many fans, she’s as likely as anyone only to show the good things in life […]

A New Reality, Jack Fowler

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Love Island Star Jack Fowler found it difficult to adjust to his newfound fame after he emerged from the Love Island villa. The sudden attention the reality TV show brought made him feel as though he was ‘in a zoo’. He has learned that showing emotion, like the heartbreak he felt after breaking up with […]

Social Media Made My Anxiety & Post Natal Depression Worse

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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 […]

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 […]