Young, British and Depressed

1x30 29th July, 2019

With one in eight young people aged 5 to 19 having a mental disorder, demand for access to mental health services at an all-time high and antidepressant use on the increase – Dispatches explores our youth depression crisis.

Reporter Sanah Ahsan wants to find out what is fuelling the crisis and what treatment is available for young people. Talking to teenagers and young people, campaigners, psychologists and medical professionals, Dispatches asks: Are we over-reliant on antidepressants? Do people know about the potential long-term implications? Are we offering medical solutions to emotional problems? And whilst praised for opening up the conversation around mental health, have de-stigmatisation campaigns had unintended consequences?