By: B. Schwartzman Lucio
During the past few years, mental health has become a more frequently debated issue, especially with the rise of social media. The current pandemic has also been a reason for a spike in mental health-related cases in hospitals and therapy centres.
It is key to remember that mental health is equally as important as physical health, therefore, parents should always watch out for their child’s emotional status. Not to mention that poor mental health can also affect the child’s physical health. If you feel unwell, you can always talk to a teacher, who can help you.
Mental health issues include:
Around 13% of teens between 12 and 17 in the US have faced at least one major depressive episode. At least one in six children in England had a probable mental disorder in 2021. Over 50% of teens in the UK experienced sleep problems in 2021.
These statistics only illustrate a bit of how worrying mental health issues can be. Unfortunately, mental health issues can lead to much more serious consequences such as self-harm and even suicide.
Over the past year, the US experienced a 50% increase in the number of teenage girls attempting suicide. In the summer of 2020, there was a 22% spike in ER trips for potential suicidal children between 12 and 17.
How to work in avoiding poor mental health:
Your mental well-being is your priority!