Grace Victory's guide to mental health

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Mental health is a topic close to my heart. Not only is it something I've experienced myself, I've also been around adults and young people who have experienced it too. Depression, OCD, eating disorders and self harm to name but a few.

I've had issues with food for as long as I can remember, anxiety & depression used to play a massive part in my life. I often felt isolated and alone.  But remember being a teenager is hard on everyone because we are discovering who we are. That is why I talk about my problems now, with the hope it can help someone who's going through the things that I did. 

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I see more and more young people with mental health issues, whether that be in the children I work with at care homes or in my cousins or family friends. I think society is becoming more aware and accepting of mental health issues and the signs are becoming slightly easier to read, although we do have a long way to go in terms of breaking down barriers and making certain topics less taboo. 

The world is so fast paced now and theres a lot of pressure on all of us, especially young people to look and act a certain way. Social media also plays a massive part in that. Why does he have more likes on that selfie? Why does she have a thigh gap and I don't? Should I stop eating carbs because Suzie the food blogger has said so? 

What we have and how we look is important to young people, theres no denying it, but things are getting out of hand and people are now becoming quite unwell because of it.

We are all obsessed with things that in the grand scheme of things shouldn't matter. If we all get outside a little more & do things that help us grow and make us feel good, we would all be so much happier, and that would really benefit our mental states.

If you're going through something, no matter what it is, speak up. Its SO important to use your voice, not only to help yourself, but to also help others too. Write it down, scream it, but get it out somehow. Speak to a family member, a teacher, or someone you trust. Your health is your wealth and we must all put ourselves first sometimes.

Grace Victory blogs as the Ugly Face Of Beauty on YouTube and her official website is graciefrancesca.com

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