Girls ‘hit by anx­i­ety’

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

AT LEAST 80 per cent of the sup­port pro­vided by Child­line for feel­ings of anx­i­ety last year was given to girls, the char­ity said.

Girls were more likely than boys to call about sui­ci­dal thoughts and feel­ings, Child­line said, with 19,061 girls hav­ing coun­selling ses­sions for these rea­sons in 2017/2018.

Hol­lie Evans, who ex­pe­ri­enced such strong feel­ings of anx­i­ety at the age of 16 that she stopped talk­ing, walk­ing and tak­ing care of her­self, called the char­ity after a sui­cide at­tempt.

She had dropped out of school, miss­ing her GCSEs, and was di­ag­nosed with per­va­sive arousal with­drawal syn­drome (Paws), where pa­tients with­draw from the world around them.

“When I started talk­ing again, my sis­ter said there was a point she thought she would never be able to hug me or hear my voice again,” Hol­lie, 20, from Kent, said. A call to Child­line stopped her from try­ing to take her life again when she got off the phone, she said.

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