As the pandemic arrived and still hasn’t left… the country is noticing the extent to how important mental health is in young people. As well as disorders like eating disorders within the young population on the rise. Reasons behind this may be due to growing up with social media. Since the rise of social media, we have access to see people’s lives (fabricated and carefully selected moments of their lives may I add). We see photos of ‘perfect’ people who seem to be flawless and have amazing clothes and are living their best lives. Before social media, in primary and secondary schools, we start to realise that what we wear and how we look can produce negative and positive reactions from people and sometimes is how we are valued. Or when we look at older people’s reactions to the youth by believing they should dress up or look good because they still have their ‘youth’ and will complain at how they have lost their ‘youth’. But to not dress to flattering as young people won’t look their age. So, when we combine these together, with kids in high schools having access to social media, the pressure to look good is immense. Therefore, with this immense pressure, there subsequently is an impact on mental health. Pressures come from everywhere and everyone, even if it’s not intentional. But it still affects the mental health of young people. I believe when we break down our surroundings like this, it can be a lot easier to understand and reflect on our own experiences, and the ways we can look ourselves and not collapse under these pressures. So, take from this what you will, and love yourself. Take care of your health and happiness.