Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Getting involved in teenagers good mental health

There are a high percentage of teens that are suffering from some sort of mental illness, whether it is depression or social anxiety, many of these young adults are not receiving the kind of support they need in order to prevent these issues from spiraling out of control.

I believe the stigma still attached to mental illness along with the lack of resources available to the teenage population has a great deal to do with it. If schools and communities took a greater interest in this area, teens would feel more comfortable sharing their feelings and concerns and we in return could offer them the help they need in order to confront these issues appropriately.

One way which would be helpful in my opinion, would be making mental health education more available in our schools, the more that it is talked about, the more teens will feel comfortable expressing themselves; communities can also offer mental health education in their local libraries and churches.

Part of the education process would include individuals with mental illness, who currently live successful and productive lives, they would also share their experiences on how they have dealt with their illnesses and have progressed despite the challenges. This would encourage our teens and they would be more willing to confront their own mental illness and seek help.

Some parts of our country already offer these resources but, that is just some, we need many more states, communities and educational systems involved in our teenagers good mental health.






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