Let yourself be flawed.

– By Avisha Holly

Mental health. In the past I (as perhaps many others) have subconsciously associated this term with those suffering from severe and extreme symptoms of depression, anxiety, and self-harm. However this could not be more untrue. Poor mental health can exist in anyone at various levels sometimes continuously and sometimes sporadically.

The WHO found that over 300 million people worldwide are living with depression. There are many causal factors which may vary from socio-economic disadvantages, domestic/sexual violence, loneliness, stress, discrimination and poverty ( to list a few) . According to the Huffington Post, 1 in 5 women in the UK suffer from mental health issues comparative to 1 in 8 for men. Furthermore more than one quarter of women aged between 16 and 24 are suffering from symptoms of mental health issues. For today, let’s focus on this demographic in MEDC’s.

As part of the Millennial generation, it doesn’t seem surprising to me that it is young women now who are the highest risk group for mental health disorders. The “Selfie culture” and the obsessive addiction we have to Social Media has inevitably played a leading factor in the way women and girls feel and perceive themselves. Our lives are consumed by the digital world, and when we are surrounded by what seems like perfect lives, perfect relationships, perfect families, perfect bodies, we create an impossible comparison. For many young girls and women this imaginary pedestal can lead to negative body image, low self-esteem, and dissatisfaction which in turn may result in anxiety and depression.

My message for young women is simple. Behind every Instagram/Facebook/whichever platform, there is a woman with an insecurity. Every single man and woman on earth has one. It is so important to remember you are not alone. Are we ever going to shout it out on social media? No. Are we ever going to post that awkward photo which may in fact be how we really look in real life? No. Having a blue day? No. Argument with a dear one? No. Unfiltered and bad lighting? God no.

At the same time Social Media has connected the world in a way like never before- and that is the beauty of it. It has transformed our ability to support causes, globalize voices, stay in touch with loved ones across oceans, E-commerce and marketing. However headlines such as “Young Women highest mental risk as selfie culture heaps pressure” or “Mental health- situational critical: the Effect of Social Media” should not exist. Of course I love a cheeky selfie, but when this culture becomes destructive to our society’s mental health- that is a problem. Never doubt that your self worth is reflected in how perfect your selfie is or how many likes/comments/attention you receive on social media.

Focus energy on your internal self, help others in any way you can (you will be surprised how positive it can make you feel) be grateful, always stay grateful, because that is your reality and unlike our exterior or highlight reel online will never fade.

Note.
At Friendsline we regard our ‘Emotional Well-being’ seminars as an extremely important part of our programme. To read more on our work do check out www.friendsline.org

31 thoughts on “Let yourself be flawed.

  • home and family living

    We’re a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community. Your web site offered us with valuable info to work on. You have performed a formidable task and our entire neighborhood will probably be grateful to you.

    Reply
  • phone accessories

    Hi, I wish for to subscribe for this web site to obtain most up-to-date updates, thus where can i do it please assist.

    Reply
    • info@friendsline.org

      hi there! you can subscribe to our blog via the blog page!

      Reply
  • higher education degree

    I don’t even know how I finished up right here, however I assumed this post was great. I do not realize who you’re however definitely you’re going to a well-known blogger if you happen to are not already. Cheers!

    Reply
    • info@friendsline.org

      thank you! much appreciated and do subscribe to us for more blogs!

      Reply
  • canon cameras

    Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your weblog and wished to say that I’ve truly enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing to your rss feed and I hope you write again soon!

    Reply
    • info@friendsline.org

      thank you!so glad that you enjoyed it!

      Reply
  • health tips

    Asking questions are actually fastidious thing if you are not understanding anything totally, but this article gives fastidious understanding yet.

    Reply
  • shopping online

    Thankfulness to my father who stated to me on the topic of this website, this weblog is truly remarkable.

    Reply
  • insurance jobs

    Very good write-up. I absolutely appreciate this site. Stick with it!

    Reply
  • estate financial planning

    What a stuff of un-ambiguity and preserveness of precious know-how concerning unexpected feelings.

    Reply
  • online business

    My spouse and I stumbled over here from a different web page and thought I might check things out. I like what I see so now i am following you. Look forward to exploring your web page again.|

    Reply
  • hiramSn

    Absolutamente con Ud es conforme. Me parece esto la idea buena. Soy conforme con Ud.
    Free Erotic Picture Galleries

    Reply
  • masters in education

    First of all I want to say awesome blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was interested to find out how you center yourself and clear your thoughts before writing. I have had a tough time clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out there. I do enjoy writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes tend to be lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any suggestions or tips? Thanks!

    Reply
  • internet health

    An intriguing discussion is definitely worth comment. There’s no doubt that that you ought to publish more about this subject matter, it may not be a taboo subject but usually folks don’t talk about such issues. To the next! All the best!!

    Reply
  • investment tips

    Hello to every body, it’s my first pay a quick visit of this blog; this web site consists of awesome and in fact excellent material designed for visitors.

    Reply
  • business plan template

    I want to to thank you for this great read!! I certainly enjoyed every little bit of it. I have got you bookmarked to look at new things you post…

    Reply
  • Stevie Defranceschi

    Terrific work! This is the type of information that should be shared around the internet. Shame on Google for not positioning this post higher! Come on over and visit my web site . Thanks =)

    Reply
  • Adolfo Bosack

    Hey! This is kind of off topic but I need some help from an established blog. Is it difficult to set up your own blog? I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty quick. I’m thinking about creating my own but I’m not sure where to begin. Do you have any tips or suggestions? Thanks

    Reply
  • Buddy Kelker

    I found your weblog website on google and verify a number of of your early posts. Continue to keep up the very good operate. I just additional up your RSS feed to my MSN News Reader. Searching for ahead to studying extra from you in a while!…

    Reply
  • Deann Overholt

    I discovered your blog web site on google and verify a few of your early posts. Continue to keep up the superb operate. I just additional up your RSS feed to my MSN Information Reader. Searching for forward to studying more from you later on!…

    Reply
  • Jayme Neuby

    Excellent read, I just passed this onto a friend who was doing some research on that. And he just bought me lunch because I found it for him smile Therefore let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch!

    Reply
  • Aliza Roszel

    I and my pals have already been analyzing the excellent procedures on your website and then at once I had an awful suspicion I had not expressed respect to the site owner for those techniques. The ladies are actually for this reason happy to read through all of them and have now undoubtedly been taking pleasure in these things. We appreciate you simply being indeed considerate and then for finding this sort of helpful resources most people are really desirous to know about. My very own sincere regret for not expressing appreciation to earlier.

    Reply
  • Stuart Jaurigue

    Great work! This is the type of information that should be shared around the net. Shame on the search engines for not positioning this post higher! Come on over and visit my web site . Thanks =)

    Reply
  • Sulema Roseboro

    Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video to make your point. You definitely know what youre talking about, why waste your intelligence on just posting videos to your site when you could be giving us something informative to read?

    Reply
  • ergfirnolikz

    Very good written story. It will be useful to everyone who usess it, as well as me. Keep doing what you are doing – looking forward to more posts.

    Reply
  • flislegger fredrikstad

    fantastic put up, very informative. I ponder why the other specialists of this sector don’t realize this. You should continue your writing. I am sure, you have a huge readers’ base already!

    Reply
  • flislegger trondheim

    After study a number of of the blog posts on your web site now, and I really like your way of blogging. I bookmarked it to my bookmark web site record and will likely be checking again soon. Pls take a look at my web site as nicely and let me know what you think.

    Reply
  • flislegger tromso

    There may be noticeably a bundle to know about this. I assume you made certain nice factors in options also.

    Reply
  • flislegger oslo

    Thanks , I have recently been looking for info about this subject for ages and yours is the best I’ve discovered so far. But, what about the conclusion? Are you sure about the source?

    Reply
  • MosesmiX

    Amazing site, how do u find all this information?I have read through a couple of posts on your site and I really like your style. Thanks a million, keep up the good work.

    Reply

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *