New mental health campaign says ‘Ask Twice’

More than three quarters of young people in the South East would tell friends and family that they are ‘fine’ – even if they’re in the grip of depression or anxiety

The finding comes from new research released by the mental health anti-stigma campaign, Time to Change, which reveals that 80% of 16-24-year-olds in the South East would say they are ‘fine’, when actually struggling with a mental health problem.

Sometimes we say we’re fine when we’re not.

When asked why, responses suggest young people doubt whether those around them really want to hear the honest answer.

The national survey suggests that young people need permission to talk about their mental health, beyond the questions ‘How are you?’ or ‘Are you OK?’   To tackle this, Time to Change is urging people to ‘Ask Twice’ if they think a friend or family member might be struggling with their mental health, saying that the simple act of asking again shows a genuine willingness to talk and listen.

Jo Loughran, Director of Time to Change, said “When we consider that 75% of all mental health problems are established by the age of 24, it’s all the more important that young people feel supported.

“Our research shows that asking ‘Are you OK?’ is often not enough. Asking twice is a simple, effective way to show that you’re asking for real and ready to talk and listen.”

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