You’ve seen Charles Schulz‘s classic Peanuts cartoon featuring Charlie Brown seated in front of Lucy at a makeshift stand with a sign reading “Psychiatric Help: 5 cents.” He tells her his problems and she gives bad advice. It’s funny, in a comic strip.
But in real life, what are the consequences?
On Twitter, there’s a new upsurge in accounts from teens offering counseling to their peers. Peers who are suicidal, who have eating disorders, who self-harm, with depression and anxiety and social issues. Young people who tweet about how much they want to cut after being bullied on Facebook.
These are serious issues warranting professional attention, but for many reasons they aren’t getting it. Instead they are offering help to one another.
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