Ogmore MP, Chris Elmore, has launched a new All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) to examine the impact that social media can have on the mental health on young people.
The APPG on Social Media and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing is to be launched in conjunction with the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) and already has cross-party backing.
The new group is being created in the aftermath of the RSPH’s ‘Status of Mind’ report which found that social media could be ‘more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol’.
The report also found that rates of anxiety and depression in young people have risen by 70% in the past 25 years, whilst 91% of 16-24 years olds use the internet for social networking.
The group will be holding an official launch event in the House of Commons on Wednesday 18 April.
Following the APPG’s establishment, Mr Elmore said:
“I am delighted to be launching the UK’s first Parliamentary group dedicated to examining the impact that social media can have on young people.”
“For many children, teenagers and young adults, social media can help develop positive relationships, but it’s clear it can also create an emotional strain.”
“The new APPG is an opportunity to move forward and look to solutions for how we can minimise the impact which it can have on mental health.”