“Young people should know its okay to reach out for support without fear,” he said. “It’s so much better to talk through your issue than keep it trapped inside.”
Radcliffe is backing national charity Get Connected’s efforts to raise awareness about the help and support that is available.
“I’m very fortunate to have my parents and good people around me for support, but the sad fact is that many young people don’t have anyone they can turn to for help when they need it, or they don’t feel comfortable reaching out for help for fear of social stigma.
“There are many barriers for young people seeking reliable help, including a fear of being judged and not knowing where to turn.
“I think it’s incredibly important for young people to know that they can reach out for support without fear or judgement, as the first step to solving a problem is often talking about what’s affecting you.
“The Get Connected website is a safe space to explore whatever you’re going through, with the chance to find further, specialist help as well.”
The charity’s young people survey, The Connected Generation Report, revealed:
45% have experienced bullying.
One in five have experienced suicidal thoughts.
Two in three young people feel isolated and lonely.
40 percent suffer feelings of depression and anxiety.
48% were more worried about their issues after looking online for help.
45% didn’t know where to go for help tackling personal problems.
Get Connected CEO Jessica Taplin said: “Our research found that when young people do need help, they mostly turn to the internet for answers. Regrettably, advice and support online is not always reliable, and can be potentially harmful or just increases their worries – almost half the young people surveyed said they were more worried after looking for information online.”
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