For so many young people, adolescence is a time full of change. New schools, stress, politics, social media, humanitarian crises, etc., all play a role in young peoples’ lives around the world. More than ever, understanding and managing mental health is an important part of growing up. Educating kids about mental health and providing the tools and resources for them to talk about it is essential.

The World Health Organization provides a few reasons why young people should be the focus of this year’s World Mental Health Day (and every day).

Half of all mental illness begins by age 14. Mental health disorders begin at an early age. Targeting these illnesses early can help children who are struggling. It also can prevent issues from getting worse. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in young people ages 15-29 (World Health Org).

Recognizing the importance of mental resilience. Giving children and young people the tools to manage mental health early on has benefits both in the short term and long term. Mental health has an effect on an individual level but can also affect what a person brings to work, school, friend groups, family, etc.

Prevention begins with better understanding. Having the tools and knowledge of how to manage one’s mental health as well as knowing when to ask for help should be a priority. When young people are educated in the arena of mental health, they have a better understanding of how to manage stress or anxiety, when to seek treatment, and the knowledge that they are not alone.

Read the rest of the article here. Facts and main points from the World Health Organization.

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“Having a public program like this helps to breaks down the stigma, too, because we can have discussions around it. It also gives people who are experiencing this a chance to see they are not alone and can seek help.”
– Lauren White, Social Work in Flossmoor, IL

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If you or someone you know might be at risk of suicide, please reach out to someone who can help, and in an emergency, call 911, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255, or text the Crisis Text Line 741741.