Anna Wintour Talks Anxiety

“… I heard a story just the other day about a kid that went off to college and stayed in his room the entire semester because he couldn’t get out of bed, and the college never told the parent. I think mental health is an area where people are embarrassed … They don’t want to talk about it because somehow they feel they’re a failure as a parent or, you know, they’re embarrassed for their child or they want to protect their child, lots of very good reasons, but mental health I feel is something that you have to talk about. That time from 15 to 16 to your mid- to late 20s — you look grown up, people think you’re grown up, but you’re still a kid.”

What do you think is behind all the anxiety among young people?

“I ask myself that a lot, and I think because of this mass of information coming at young people, plus the way they talk to each other online and how vulnerable they are at that age. It just has to make people anxious. How could it not? It’s such a barrage of information coming at them every which way. I’m so grateful for Lena Dunham and Emma Stone, who are out there talking about these issues and making young people realize that they’re not alone and that it should be talked about.”

Do you feel any responsibility in terms of how the media might contribute to these problems?

“Obviously, in terms of Teen Vogue, Amy [Astley] is so careful and we talk about it all the time. With Teen, we are careful to make sure that the images are not going to be upsetting to young women or threatening to young women or presenting an image of young women that could in any way be misconstrued.”

In an interview with New York Magazine, Anna Wintour shared the causes she’s passionate about and revealed that along with gay rights and gun control, she’s very concerned with changing the way we approach mental health issues in young people. I love that this is on her radar, though I’d venture that Teen Vogue shouldn’t be the only publication that worries about putting unhealthy images into the world. Just as many young people read Vogue! The full interview is worth a read, if only because it makes Anna seem so … approachable. Normal, even! Of course she shares some juicy tidbits about her career, but I especially loved what she had to say about politics and about raising her kids while working full-time. Vogue editors: they’re just like us (sort of)! [NYMag.com] [Image via Getty]