• Text size
  • A
  • A
  • A
For better health and social care

Social Media Fuels Mental Health Crisis Among Young Women


Girls and young women are experiencing more mental health crises linked to conflict with friends, fears about body image and additional pressures created by social media.  

Rates of stress, anxiety and depression are rising sharply among teenage girls in what mental health specialists say is a “deeply worrying” trend. New NHS data reveals that the number of times a girl aged 17 or under is admitted to hospital because of self-harm has risen by 68% over the past 10 years.

Rising levels of "body dissatisfaction", insecurity and low self-esteem have been identified among some of the main causes of unprecedented levels of mental turmoil in young women. This has become particularly noticeable during the past 10 years, coinciding with an explosion in the use of social media by young people.

If you are suffering with any of these issues and would like some help or support visit the South West London & St George's Mental Health Trust for more information, or for more moderate mental health issues visit Talk Wandsworth. Big White Wall provides round-the-clock online support.