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Shout Launches The Feel Good Guide as Survey Reveals Pressures on Teens

February 11, 2019

84% of teens feel that pressure to look a certain way is one of the main causes of mental health problems in young people.

The alarming stat comes from teen magazine Shout’s recent reader survey, carried out to mark the launch of their new magazine, The Feel Good Guide – the happy mind and body magazine.

The exciting new product from DC Thomson Media aims to inspire, empower and boost the confidence of its core demographic – girls aged 10-14.

With almost 80% of survey respondents agreeing that adults don’t understand the pressures they face, The Feel Good Guide offers a supportive, encouraging voice whilst tackling issues affecting teens with empathy, humour and practical advice. Content includes tips on mindfulness and self-care, as well as guidance on how to seek help when needed, and examples of inspirational celebrities such as Little Mix, Katie Piper and Millie Bobby Brown.

The survey gave a fascinating insight into the pressures faced by young people today, with mental health featuring prominently. 56% of respondents said they had experienced anxiety, with 79% experiencing stress. Shockingly, 57% said they have had unkind things said about them on online, while 58% have felt pressure to get a certain amount of ‘likes’ on social media.

Editor of Shout, Louise Kettle, explained, “We created The Feel Good Guide because we want our readers to feel happier, more positive and confident enough to take on anything. Navigating those tricky early-teen years has become harder than ever, so the aim of the magazine is to act as a handbook of sorts, covering everything from mindfulness to periods, anxiety and the importance of getting a good night’s sleep.

“The format makes it easy for readers to enjoy at their own pace – there are in-depth features to take your time over, as well as pages to doodle and write on. We hope it’s a magazine that readers treasure and come back to again and again when they need a boost.”

Shout has been in publication since 1993 and is issued monthly, aimed at girls aged 10-14 years old. The magazine has run regular confidence-boosting campaigns over the years, which tap into its positive and empowering ethos.

Editor-in-Chief, Lee Harrow, added, “The original premise for Shout 25 years ago was ‘if it’s in her life – it’s in Shout’, and that is just as relevant today as it was then.

“We acknowledge the results of this survey and, through Shout and The Feel Good Guide, we seek to be that ‘best friend’ for those going through the challenges that being a teenager brings today.”

The Feel Good Guide by Shout is on sale from 27th January until 8th May 2019 priced at £3.99 and is available at newsagents and supermarkets, and online.


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