Survey highlights impact of psoriasis on young people

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Young people with psoriasis can now access support via WhatsApp.

The skin condition psoriasis has a devastating impact on the quality of life of young people, according to a survey released by The Psoriasis Association.

The results of the survey were released to mark the UK’s annual Psoriasis Awareness Week and in celebration of the Psoriasis Association’s 50th Anniversary year.

The survey of 250 young people with psoriasis revealed:

  • 94% are affected by anxiety and depression
  • 77% claim that psoriasis has had a negative effect on their social life
  • 67% said they felt isolated by their condition
  • 70% feel that their healthcare professionals don’t understand what it’s like to live with psoriasis
  • 60% feel that family and friends don’t understand how their psoriasis makes them feel
  • 47% are worried for their future, believing that psoriasis has or will have a negative effect on their studies or career.

The charity is now focusing on addressing the results of this survey via the launch of its new WhatsApp helpline support service specifically for young people.

Young people are now able to chat anonymously with experienced Psoriasis Association staff via WhatsApp, about how psoriasis makes them feel and to discuss any concerns they have.

Helen McAteer, Chief Executive of the Psoriasis Association, said: “More than a billion people now use WhatsApp every day, and we hope that by utilising this platform to offer a confidential place to seek information and support, we can alleviate some of the isolation that young people with psoriasis all too often feel.”

The Psoriasis Association also offers age-specific information and peer-to-peer forums on its dedicated website, www.psoteen.org.uk.

Anyone requiring information, advice or support can contact the Psoriasis Association’s WhatsApp helpline on 07387 716 439.