Mental illnesses are on the rise in UK, particularly with young people and anxiety. 

1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in their lives. I myself suffer from anxiety and depression, which are the most common mental health issues. It can be tough but just because it isn't physical harm, like a broken leg, doesn't mean the problems don't exist. anyone can suffer from anxiety, not just girls!

One huge stigma and stereotype surrounding anxiety is that it is mainly girls who get it. Not true! 1 in 10 young people will experience a mental health issue and half will be boys, however many don't speak out about it or seek help and treatment for their conditions. It is understandable why some people don't speak out about it. A staggering 9 in 10 people with mental health issues face discrimination. I certainly did and yet many people think this is ok and that anxiety is just for girls. Wrong!

Lets talk about Zayn Malik, the former One Direction member. He recently pulled out of the Capital summertime ball due to his anxiety. Many people were quick to brand him 'weak' and a 'baby' and a 'girl'. People who had no idea what Zayn was going through. Why? Why is it ok for those with no knowledge or experience of mental health issues to judge an ridicule others? (There's some people I'd like to ask that question to myself actually) And why call Zayn a girl? Why should the word 'girl' be an insult? There are many #Celebrities who suffer from anxiety and depression and who have openly said how difficult it is living with these mental issues and being ridiculed in the public eye for it.

Having anxiety does not make you a girl! Boys and girls can have it so using the word 'girl' isn't an insult to someone suffering from anxiety or any other mental health issue. It is sexist and pathetic. How about instead of judging and helping to create more stigma by associating anxiety with women, you stop being ignorant and realise the truth: anyone can suffer from anxiety. Men and Women. It's life! #Youth #Blasting News UK