Mental health: Is social media causing people to commit suicide?

Recent studies has shown a rise in suicides of people between the ages of 16-24 and many are blaming social media as the main cause.

Research has shown an increase in suicides of young adults aged between 16-24 , many people blame social media as the influence it has on young adults to want to be perceived as something their not and when they are incapable of keeping up this appearance it leads to mental health problems.

For example, Molly Russell  died in her teens after she was discovered  in her bedroom and pronounced dead at the scene in November 2017. 

Mr Russell said that there were :”no obvious signs” of severe mental health issues.  Molly’s father also told the BBC: “Some of the content on social media is shocking and that it encourages self harm, it links self-harm to suicide and I have no doubt that Instagram helped kill my daughter.”

Molly, came from a loving family as we could see, she was an enthusiastic child and doing incredibly well at school: she loved sailing and it was said she was an excellent horse rider. Molly had also been nominated for a lead role in her school’s play of ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’.

There have been many examples of how social media influences young people and how it changes their behaviour.  For example ‘Kylie Jenner’ plump lip challenge #kyliejennerchallenge, which sparked some controversy within the social media world.

Kylie Jenner: plump lip challenge

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However, people that are known to suffer with mental health often keep quiet about it and are not outspoken. This does not benefit them in anyway as they should be speaking to people to combat the damage being done.

We asked a circle of people:

Do you think social media has an impact on people’s mental health?

Claudia says: ” Yes social media has negative impact on society, were alcohol abuse and gambling may play be big part of suicide.       This includes fashion brands latest phones.  Results to crime drugs also this could includes eating disorders and following celebrities to be slim  which can have devastating effect on your mental health”.

Shaunna says:  “Yes social media has negative impact on people’s mental health; if look at the statics for depression especially in teens and body dysmorphia is high right now due to people comparing their selves to stranger online”

Laverne says: “People feel compelled to conform to what social media requires and promotes as healthy or normal Some users no longer express true emotions and replace these feelings with mainstream manufactured emojis Once we rely on the media to dictate how we feel we no longer feel unique and that’s damaging”

Laverne audio

Many initiatives are being taken to combat mental health issues surrounding social media,as there are various websites that give information regarding what you can do too feel better and to get a healthier life without the addiction of social media. Sites such as the ‘Mental Health Foundation’ are a great place to start.

If any one is touched by this story, we encourage you to contact Samaritans.


Dalton Harris: ‘Dreams Do Come True’

Dalton who had a troubled childhood, is now a rising star from Jamaica.

The singer had a tough childhood growing up in Jamaica and entered X factor in order to help him look after himself.


He stole the limelight on yesterdays series finale of x factor 2018, sung alongside 2012 winner James Arthur.





Dalton is the winner of X factor 2018. He was born and raised in Jamaica.

He and his family grew up in poverty, this led him to enter a competition at the age of 16 similar to X factor. The winning prize being $1 million Jamaican dollars, which he won.

After getting through his studies in 2014 Dalton went on to release a single which became a number one hit in Jamaican dance hall.

Well done Dalton in achieving your dreams ‘dreams do come true’



Michelle Obama: tickets SELL OUT faster than SPICE GIRLS!!!

Michelle Obama ‘London talk’ tickets sell fast on twitter.

Hundreds of social media fans said they had to queue from the early hours of the morning, and were still unable to buy tickets. It is known to be more than over 40,000 people are disappointed who still cannot get tickets.


“The South Bank Centre who are holding the event has told the ticket company ‘Viagogo’ to remove the £70,000 controversial  ticket that appears on their site overnight”.

Twitter has shared their story, by posting screenshots of disappointed fans that could not purchase tickets due to tickets being in high demands, which has now seen many fans asking that the event be transfer to a stadium which would give the exhaustively huge figures of 60,000 fans the opportunity to hear Michele Obama speak.

Many fans left feeling distraught from the South Bank Centre as they watch others who had there tickets were collecting  in person, while they were being turned away.

There will be around 300  tickets donated to various charities and schools in London and across the country.

“Michelle Obama , and  author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wil be present on December 3rd 2018”. at the Southbank Centre in Lambeth.

Michelle Obama, the former First Lady of the United States portrait painted in her honour which is situated in Dorrell Place at the side of Marks & Spencer’s in Brixton.

The artist NeequayeDreph Dsane was born and bred Nottingham.

He has been visual artist in media: mainly focusing on portraiture, he is best known for his, profession for creating large-scale murals and oil paintings.

Accompanying his backstories to tribute to hero’s and heroine addicts; with the way he express his emotion, which is amazingly interesting and makes Brixton stand out.

Neequaye has undertaken an media and art degree, which has enhanced his knowledge: to become and oil based artist.

According to Brixton Buzz” After 3 decades of street based painting, Dreph is widely regarded as a stalwart of the scene and has painted in Asia, Africa, the UAE, Central and South America and throughout Europe.”


“Michelle Obama is an inspiration to many as she continues to use her voice to speak on pressing societal issues that are close to her heart, particularly issues that affect young people within our global community hence this is one of the reasons her mural has been showcased.

She encourages us to realise our own potential through the numerous initiatives that she leads such as quality education for girls and healthy living.

I feel that it’s important for us all to have visible, relating and progressive people to model ourselves on and to see ourselves reflected in.

Michelle Obama is always open in giving us an insight into what it looks like to push through and forge our own paths.

Dreph  the artist stated ‘You Are Enough’ series “I painted 10 portraits around London in celebration of black women who are doing extraordinary things. For me Michelle Obama is the ultimate embodiment of ‘You Are Enough.’”


Upon leaving Sidley and Austin Michelle found public allies Chicago in 1993, which is an AmeriCorps national service program, providing training to young people who want to peruse careers withing the public sector.

When Sasha was 4 months old Michelle was not able to find a babysitter, she had to bring her to the Chicago Medical Centre for an interview.

Sasha now 20 slept through the whole thing, Michelle got the job. Michelle is known to be straight talking giving good advice.

While being first lady Michelle always opted to write her own speeches, which was of great quality. Even the colonist john Podhoretz describing them as ”total knockout” apart.

Deontay Wilder: Geared up for Tyson Fury fight


Deontay Wilder mentions he has “transformed into a killer”, before his next fight with Tyson Fury in Los Angeles.

The fight of Wilder and Fury will be on the 1st December, in what will be just the third bout of Fury’s comeback since the Briton vacated his WBO and WBA titles.

This will be a great comeback for Tyson Fury, after going though his treatment from depression .Tyson wants to concentrate on his title WBA and WBO

Deontay Wilder, heavyweight champion WBC, who has a 40-0 unbeaten record, also says Anthony Joshua was “a coward”

Lineal champion Tyson Fury, has won all of his previous 27 bouts.


The American Wilder says “I’m feeling wonderful. My mindset and body have changed.”

In June 2018, a fight with WBA, IBF and WBO champion Joshua was postponed after the Briton was ordered to face Alexander Povetkin by Wilder.

Once he had beaten the Russian with a seventh-round in September 2018 , Joshua said Wilder would be his “number one choice” for his next fight, on 13 April 2019 at Wembley.

On Monday, Wilder says: “I don’t want anyone to ask me about Anthony Joshua. He was a coward and that’s that.

“I don’t have a message to Anthony Joshua, it’s all about Tyson Fury. I feel like a killer. I’m transformed into a killer.”


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