YOUNG people are being encouraged to talk about their problems by mental health experts.
And a Facebook site has been set up by the local mental health trust to provide information and give young people the chance to talk to others living with mental health problems in the area.
Julie Warren-Sykes manages the South West Yorkshire Mental Health Trust’s Insight service.
She said: “It is crucial that young people feel able to share any problems they may be experiencing with their mental health.
“It can be a very daunting time for anyone when their mental well being is affected and young people are no exception.
“I would urge any young person struggling with a mental health problem not to suffer in silence and to ask for help.”
The Insight service helps 14 to 35-year-olds cope with the early symptoms of mental ill health and believes it is important young people feel able to talk openly about their problems.
The South West Yorkshire Mental Health Trust provides care and treatment to patients in Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. It wants to get rid of the stigma surrounding mental illness and is urging people to become a member of its Facebook site so they can have their say on services and how they can be improved.
Statistics show that one in ten young people have mental health problems, with one in four adults living with some form of the mental health condition.
Experts say the stigma surrounding mental health has a profound and damaging effect on patients and makes it harder for people to admit they have a problem.
The health trust hopes that by encouraging people to talk about it more, it will reduce the stigma and help others understand the issues.
So far medical experts have visited schools and colleges to talk about mental health issues such as self-harming, eating disorders and anger management.
For more information visit www.southwestyorkshire.nhs.uk or search for the ‘With all of us in mind – our Foundation Trust’ group on Facebook.