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Teens and Mental Health

February 12, 2021
Teens and Mental Health

For some families mental health is a taboo topic that is not readily discussed. However, recognizing when teens are dealing with mental health issues is important to their overall well-being. There are many pressures that teens face from day to day that often go unnoticed. In this social media age, there is often a desire for teens to feel accepted, likable, beautiful, and seen.

How do we as parents recognize if our teens are experiencing mental health issues? I think it is important that we pay attention and be intentional about asking hard questions. Trust me, I know it is not always easy to get teens to open up and talk about their feelings with their parents or care givers. However, communication is key to assessing what our teens are going through and how we can help them to address their mental health needs.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO),

“Adolescence is a crucial period for developing and maintaining social and emotional habits important for mental well-being. These include adopting healthy sleep patterns; getting regular exercise; developing coping, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills; and learning to manage emotions. Supportive environments in the family, at school and in the wider community are also important. "

-World Health Organization, ref

So, you may be wondering, what does a supportive family and living environment look like for a teen experiencing mental health challenges? There is love, open communication, understanding, room for growth, family connected time, focusing on our teen’s strengths and ensuring that they have educational support. Of course, I am not saying this is a one size fits all solution. However, I am saying that it takes dedication and the willingness to address the mental health challenges that present themselves.