Image source, Finley Image caption, Twelve weekly podcasts are planned before the end of 2021
The teens said a new podcast on youth mental health helped them talk about their own experiences.
Finley, 16, from South Gloucestershire, talks about topics such as self-harm, anxiety and depression on his show Unpacked.
He said he got the idea for the show during the lockdown lorsuch young people have started to have health problems.
The data 12 weekly episodes will air before Christmas.
"I don't think we're talking a lot of mental health, especially among young people, "he said.
" At school we had a monthly wellness assembly, but it didn't. 'was never discussed in detail, so I think having a conversation with other young people about it is important.
"Lockdown was a big thing that affected mental health. I myself found it quite difficult, to be suddenly at home, but without having the right to go out.
"This left a lot of people out of control, and in trying to regain that control, some young people started to self-harm.
Image source, Finley Image caption, Finley says he has had mental health issues for the past two years
Finley approached the charity of Bristol's Mental Health Off The Record, and asked if anyone accessing their service wanted to talker in his show.
He said a lot of teenagers have come forward.
Image source, Jack Image caption, Jack says Finley's podcast will help others start talkingmore openly about their experiences
Jack, 17, from South Gloucestershire, listened to the podcast and said he was making him "open more ".
"Finley is very brave. He talks about mental health in a way that makes me want to talk, in a way that makes sense " he said. .
"Young people still don't talk about it enough. That 's worrying.
' Stigmatized subject for men '
George, 16, who participates in three episodes, said mental health is an "already extremely stigmatized subject " for men.
"I really hope that by participating , myself and all the other speakers will be encouraging more people to speak up "he said.
According to an NHS Digital survey, the mental health of children and young people has not improved from last year's lockdown.
In the face of this, Finley hopes to create spaces where friends can at least start talking without fear.
"Because I had a hard time finding it personally useful, but being able to lead a conversation to get others to start talking made me proud enough of myself that I was trying to make changes, ”Finley said.
"If there is a listener who gets something out of it, that would make me happy.
The second episode 'Unboxed ' is available on October 17th.
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