Posted: 11 October 2016

Superstar Jessie J backs call for more mental health support in schools

Jessie J, loved by millions and known for her own music and her work on BBC’s The Voice, talks about her own teenage struggle with feelings of low self-esteem and the bullying she endured in school. That’s why Jessie’s passionate about our Good Childhood Report and our call for more mental health support in schools. 

 

I was so sad and shocked to read The Good Childhood Report that shows increasing numbers of girls are feeling ugly and worthless because of pressure with the way they look.

So many girls struggle fitting in but should never feel ugly or worthless due to pressures of looks. It's an awful way to feel. It has to change. 

At school I was picked on for having a green tinge to my skin due to medication for a heart condition I was on. I had big front teeth and was awkward and tall.  Not much has changed now. Lol. 

At primary school for me it got pretty bad, I was called names and hurt by some girls who just didn't want to try and get to know me.

They judged me on how I looked.  And although I now understand people say mean things because they are going through something that usually has nothing to do with the person they are mean to, it doesn't mean it didn't upset me.

The report shows that girls are more likely to experience name calling, leading to anxiety and low self-esteem. 

So I’m backing The Children’s Society’s call for mental health support to be a requirement in all schools.

I was bullied the whole way through school because of my appearance and this would have made a big difference to me - just to understand I wasn't alone and to be made aware of how to feel better.

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