Preview: Dispatches – Young British and Depressed

Sanah Ahsan

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

Reporter Sanah Ahsan wants to find out what is fueling 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 while praised for opening up the conversation around mental health, have de-stigmatisation campaigns had unintended consequences?

Dispatches – Young British and Depressed – Monday at 8.00pm on Channel 4.