Young people are reporting higher levels of loneliness and anxiety than ever before, and there is increased demand on the NHS in London for mental health support. As many young people move to London to work and study at the start of a new academic year, the NHS in London is launching a campaign “London, you good?” to support the mental wellbeing of 18-25-year olds.
Femi Gbadamosi, from East Hackney, experienced stress, over-thinking and anxiety during his final year of exams at university in 2015.
London, you good? Having good mental health helps us to relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. Small things like checking in with friends or family, exercising regularly and getting enough sleep can help you to maintain good mental health.
Femi Gbadamosi, from East Hackney, experienced stress, over-thinking and anxiety during his final year of exams at university in 2015 and was later admitted to Chase Farm Hospital, where he received a mental health diagnosis and treatment.
“Before I was treated at Chase Farm, my friends often noticed how I was acting differently, withdrawing from usual activities. I didn’t feel comfortable talking to anyone as I felt as if I’d only be adding to their own worries.
“During my recovery, I took part in different therapeutic activities and was encouraged to talk more freely about my thoughts and feelings in a safe space; and now in my role as a Peer and Lived Experience Manager at the same trust, I am helping to run the therapeutic activities to support others.
“Talking to someone helped me to realise that I am not alone and was the first step in my recovery. I would strongly advocate for anyone with concerns for their mental health to come forward to access the free support and advice available through the NHS as soon as possible.”