As part of my research for my novel, I’ve been doing some reading into a bit of a dark and somewhat misunderstood area – mental illness and young people. I’ve come across troubling material and also stories that are hopeful. All in all, I hope it will give me a more informed and balanced perspective as I am developing the last half of the book. There is definitely still some prejudice and misconceptions out there about mental illness in general but also in particular with young people. However, I am happy to see it is becoming more acceptable to talk openly about these things. Knowledge is power!
Some people are of the viewpoint that talking about darker subjects with young people, such as depression, suicide, even anxiety issues can actually have the negative effect of leading youths down those paths. What’s your opinion?