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Living online and its effect on our mental health

January 11, 2019

By: Jenna Rachid

Infographic that highlights in increase in online searches for anxiety from 2009 to 2018

According to BBC News, searches for anxiety on Google Trends worldwide have been rising since 2009. With an increasing number of people broadcasting their lives online how much is it really impacting us?

In this mini-documentary, BBC journalist Stephanie Hegarty meets young YouTubers with millions of online fans, to find out what is it like to have thousands of people watching that both insult and adore you.

Influencer Nina Dantas began to feel the effects of living her life online when ‘the pressure of churning out content and not disappointing her fans got too much,’ said Hegarty. Nina began to have suicidal thoughts and realised she needed to seek help.

Watch the full video here

4 signs that someone may be struggling with their mental health

University can be tough, and many students experience mental health issues while studying. Louise Knowles, Head of the Counselling service at the University of Sheffield, has spoken to Cosmopolitan to give her advice on how to spot someone is struggling and what can be done to help.

According to Knowles, a student may no longer find joy in the things they used to enjoy and their mood and desire to be involved in conversation changes. This may be short term, but also may indicate they are struggling. By asking ‘how are you?’ you can give them the opportunity to open up.

Knowles recommends ‘reaching out and accessing treatment if it’s available, because it can really help alleviate the symptoms outlined above. Some counselling services at universities can play a vital role in offering students a place to turn to and access a range of treatment options.’

You can find tips on dealing with stress, as well as places to find support via our UKCP student page.

Read the full Cosmopolitan article here

In case you missed it…

The NHS launch their long term plan – The 10 year plan aims to make the NHS fit for the future, with a key focus on how mental health services will be improved by 2029, the Huffington Post reports.

Low moods affect more than just your mental health – Research suggests that anxiety, anger and depression can increase inflammation in the blood, the Daily Mail reports.

Infographic that highlights in increase in online searches for anxiety from 2009 to 2018