Bullying, Body Image, Social Media and Stigma as a Teenager

In this episode Helen Wills talks to social media guru Nickie O'Hara about her experiences of bullying as a teenager. Shockingly, Nickie was first picked on by a teacher, and the social stigma went from there.

Nickie is now also a running mentor, and told me about how being athletic as a teenager led to her having some body image issues, and how she dealt with them at the time.

We discuss how different parents handle bullying and friendship issues when their kids are teenagers, and the pros and cons of teens using social media.

It's a heartwarming and reassuring conversation about how friendships change over the years. If this is you now, Nickie says you will get through it.

Where to find Nickie

We also talk about other accounts @pinkoddy and @stephstwogirls.

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Helen wills is a teen mental health podcaster and blogger at Actually Mummy a resource for midlife parents of teens.

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There are already stories from fabulous guests about difficult things that happened to them as teenagers - including losing a parent, becoming a young carer, and being hospitalised with mental health problems - and how they overcame things to move on with their lives.

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Please note that Helen Wills is not a medical expert, and nothing in the podcast should be taken as medical advice. If you're worried about a teenager, please seek support from a medical professional.

Podcast produced by James Ede at Be Heard production.