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Social media increasingly damaging young people's mental health

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Social media is increasingly damaging young people’s mental health and self-esteem, with higher risks over the summer holidays, national helpline warns.

This comes as a recent survey from the Office for National Statistics found that more teenagers are suffering from mental health problems because they use social media more.

Meic, a national helpline for children in Wales, have warned that young people are more susceptible to the harmful effects of social media over the summer.

It can be difficult to remember the difference between what people present online and what is going on the rest of the time, and the expectations this creates for young people can be very harmful, particularly over the holiday/festival season, so that’s why we're targeting summer with our campaign.

– Stephanie Hoffman, Head of Meic

Meic is aiming to tackle the effect of social media on young people as part of its new advice and awareness online campaign against peer pressure over the summer, which includes so-called fear of missing out (FOMO), body image, relationships, drinking, and more.