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Instagram, Facebook, Twitter - we have never been more connected. But does being more connected come with problems? Listen to experts talk about some of the issues facing young adults, including stigma, bullying and loneliness and how this might be impacting our mental health.
Stigma: a talk about talking
Dr. Claire Henderson (Clinical Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Health Service & Population Research at IoPPN)
People who have experience of a mental illness, or have a friend of family member with such an experience, have more positive attitudes towards people with mental illness in general. But if you don’t know anyone, do your attitudes matter?
Sticks and stones: how bullying affects mental health
Professor Louise Arseneault (Professor of Developmental Psychology at IoPPN & Mental Health Leadership Fellow for the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC))
Bullying is not an uncommon experience. Between 2016 and 2017, over 24,000 counselling sessions run by the charity ‘Childline’ were about bullying. Given its prevalence, can we reduce it by preventing some children becoming targets of bullying behaviours? Listen to the research on bullying and mental health and find out what we can do about it.
Young, social and lonely
Dr Tim Matthews (Postdoctoral researcher at the IoPPN)
In this technological age, we are constantly connected, yet sometimes we can feel lonelier than ever. This talk will explore the effects of loneliness, how it can affect our mental health, physical health and even our sleep. We will also hear about potential interventions to reduce loneliness.