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Advice on Mental Health for Young People Now Available on YouTube

June 21, 2007 12:01 PM

A new DVD has been placed on YouTube offering young people simple coping tips on depression and anxiety.
Many young people do not realise they are suffering from common conditions such as depression and anxiety.   This is not uncommon but this new DVD has been produced to help young people recognise the signs of depression and anxiety and offers tips that may make a difference to their lives.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Mental Health Team and South-East Glasgow CHCP worked in partnership with the drama department at Glasgow College of Nautical Studies to produce the eight minute DVD.
The DVD named '100 people', begins with 100 people in different coloured t-shirts mixing and talking to one another. As groups wearing the same coloured t-shirts leave the screen different mental health issues are discussed.
The first group to go - one in five - are the number of people in Scotland right now who have a mental health problem. Overwhelmingly, this will be a combination of anxiety and depression - we call this ‘stress’ in the DVD. The DVD highlights what the common signs are, including worry, loss of confidence, poor sleep, poor concentration and drinking too much alcohol.
The second group - four out of ten - are those who will have a mental health problem at some point in their lives.
The last group - seven out of ten - are the number of people who know someone with a mental health problem. This is to show just how common these problems are in Scotland.
The remaining 13 people talk about simple ways to help control ‘stress’. The DVD focuses on ‘Stress Control in Ten Words’ - Face Your Fears, Be More Active, Watch What You Drink.
The film ends with all 100 people coming back together and continuing to mix and chat.
Dr Jim White, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, said:   “The DVD will be used to raise awareness of common mental health problems and help people access some of the STEPS services in south east Glasgow.
“Copies of the DVD will be available in all Glasgow libraries under the 'Healthy Reading' mental health sections put together by STEPS and has now been placed on YouTube. It will soon be available on the www.glasgowsteps.com website (search for ‘100 people, stress’ to find it).
“We hope this DVD will help young people, and indeed any age group. We want young people to realise that not only are these problems very common but they are nothing to be ashamed about. It is often doing some very straight-forward things that can help more that anything else.”
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