It was the most depressed I’ve been. Most days I didn’t even have the motivation to get dressed.
- Michelle, 21
Facing cancer when you’re young can devastate your mental health. You’re already going through major physical and emotional changes. Suddenly, your whole world changes and everything’s uncertain.
Your family aren’t always sure how to help. Your friends don’t truly understand. And cancer treatment can be incredibly tough, physically and mentally, with lasting side effects.
It’s a complex set of challenges, and young people facing it need specialist psychological support – specific to cancer and specific to their age group. Right now, that support isn’t always available.
More than a third of young people with cancer surveyed in April 2021 could not access a psychologist when they needed to in the last six months.
I finished radiotherapy and I thought I’d feel really happy, but I just felt lost.
- Georgina, 24
Depression, anxiety and panic attacks are common among young people with cancer, and the psychological disruption can lead to lasting problems in adulthood. The right support early on can help prevent this.
Our nurses and Youth Support Coordinators do amazing work every day to support young people emotionally. But for many young people struggling with mental health issues during cancer, accessing a specialist psychologist is vital.
The coronavirus pandemic has made the situation even worse, with many young people feeling more isolated and anxious than ever before.
With our #NotOK campaign, we’re calling on UK Governments to make sure every young person with cancer can access specialist psychological support, from diagnosis, wherever they live.
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