The New Age Of Politics | Huffington Post

There are always complaints that our generation needs to focus on the ‘things that matter’, such as current affairs or getting a job, instead of the latest pop song or film. However all too often it feels as though when we do try and embrace the world of politics, we get dismissed as being too young to understand what’s going on. As if once we reach a certain age we are magically granted all there is to know about politics. Is it any wonder when young girls and boys try and tweet about political parties, and get laughed at, that they’d rather focus on music or films?

Why Social Media Should Get More Respect | Huffington Post

They say our generation is full of egotistical teenagers, who would rather focus on getting a high number of likes on their ‘selfies’ and growing their follower base, rather than focus on what is seen as the more important things in life; like getting a job, having a relationship, or discussing the latest news story. It’s easy to get swept up in all the negatives of social media, with the rise of trolling, and online abuse. The world of social media can seem like a scary place, so why do so many young people use it?

You need to stop joking about mental illness

A lot of people see mental health stigma as attacks on people with mental health problems, as people who sneer and judge us, or try and deny that mental health is a real issue – that it's all made up. However, over the years I've noticed it can be in the little things too, someone chiding us for being lazy or withdrawn, despite the fact they know we have depression and/or anxiety. It can be found in the way people will laugh and joke around about self-harm or suicide, some of them don't even realise the impact they're having because in their head they're not doing it maliciously. Mental health stigma can be found in the children and parents who are uninformed about the different mental health issues and how to deal with them.

For A Long Time I was Embarrassed About My Depression. For a Longer Time I didn’t Realise I Had It.

For a long time I was embarrassed about my depression, I felt weak and stupid for having it. For an even longer time I did not even realise I had depression. So many people around me used to crack jokes about self harming, or suicide, or would degrade and mock people who they seen as ‘too privileged’ to have depression. Despite the fact that depression knows no class, family, intelligence, or friends. Depression can happen to everyone, it is not selective in who it consumes. I spent a lot of the time comparing myself to this apparent criteria that I felt I needed to meet in order for my depression to be accepted. Was I just attention seeking, or if I sought help would they actually try and help me?