Mythbusters

  • 'Moving away from common myths to a better understanding of eating disorders in young people'

    This mythbuster is written for young people and their families and friends. It may also be of interest to health and other professionals working with young people. The first section summarises key facts about eating disorders and diagnoses in young people. The second section describes the common myths about eating disorders and provides evidence that counters these myths.

  • 'Moving from common myths to a better understanding of anger in young people'

    Myths about anger are harmful as they can make it harder for people to seek and receive helpful support for anger-related difficulties. It is important to challenge these myths because we know that problematic anger can be extremely destructive to a young person’s life. We also know that it can be effectively treated.

  • 'Self-Harm: Sorting Fact from Fiction'

    Self-harm occurs when people deliberately hurt their bodies. This resources uses evidence to dispel some common myths surrounding self-harm and provides information on the prevalence and rationale behind this behaviour.

  • 'Suicidal Ideation'

    The term ‘suicidal ideation’ refers to thoughts that life isn’t worth living, ranging in intensity from fleeting thoughts through to concrete, well thought-out plans for killing oneself, or a complete preoccupation with self-destruction. These thoughts are not uncommon among young people. It is estimated that approximately 30% of adolescents aged 12-20 have thought about suicide at some point in their lives, with around 20% reporting having had such thoughts in the previous year.  

  • 'Trauma and mental health in young people'

    Most young people will have been exposed to at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. Multiple and prolonged exposure to trauma is also common. When a young person reaches out to open up about trauma, the way that others around them respond can have a massive effect on the young person’s ability to understand and cope with what has happened. Some aspects of trauma remain largely misunderstood, especially when it comes to its relationship with mental health.