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Young people 'afraid to seek help' with mental health issues

1 in 5 young people say wouldn't confide in someone if they were experiencing problems. Photo: Dominic Lipinski / PA

Young people with mental health issues are afraid to ask for help because they fear they'll be judged.

That's according to new research by the Prince's Trust which found that 1 in 5 wouldn't confide in someone if they were experiencing problems.

Credit: Stina Stjernkvist/ PA

The charity says the number of people experiencing mental health issues is growing:

1/3
of young people in Bristol have had suicidal thoughts
4/5
believe there's a stigma attached to mental health issues
1/5
said they wouldn't confide in someone if they were experiencing a mental health problem
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But there is help out there.

Emily Hatter from Bristol suffered years of depression as a teenager before the charity helped her put her life back together.

There is a stigma around mental health issues because a lot of people are seen as weak or vulnerable if they have these issues, even if it's out of their control.

It becomes part of them, and you're deemed to be less of a person as someone who appears on the outside to have no other issues or other factors that affect that.

– Emily Hatter