World Mental Health Day – Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World

The 10th October is World Mental Health Day. Just like our physical health, our mental health is important and needs to be taken care of, in order to live a healthy and fulfilling life. Statistics show that one in four people will be affected by mental health each year. As World Mental Health Day 2018 approaches, here are some  Tips to Reduce the Stigma of Mental Health at Work.

Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World

This year, the theme for World Mental Health Day is young people and mental health in a changing world. This focus on young people is both appropriate and timely. One in ten children struggle with a mental health issue. Whilst childhood and adolescence can be the ‘best years of our life’ we know that many young people can live through stressful experiences. For instance changing schools, leaving home, starting university or a career. Also, exploring and understanding their sexual identity, starting a relationship, sitting exams, parents separating or divorcing, domestic violence (this is not an exhaustive list). In addition to this personality, genes and substance misuse can also play a part in increasing stress and developing a mental health condition.

For some young people, if not recognised and managed, these feelings can lead to mental illness. We live in a changing world with the expanding use of online technology. Although technological advancement brings significant advantages, it can also lead to additional pressures.

Teenagers who spend more time on social media are 2.2 times the risk of reporting eating and body image concerns, compared to their peers who spent less time on social media. Statistics should that three in four mental illnesses start in childhood. 75% of mental illnesses start before a child reaches the age of 18, while 50% of mental health problems in adult life (excluding dementia) take root before age 15.

Also, in some parts of the world, adolescents are also living in areas affected by humanitarian emergencies such as conflicts, natural disasters and epidemics. For young people who have to live and cope with humanitarian emergencies, they are particularly susceptible to mental ill health (including conditions such as acute stress disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety).

World Mental Health Day 2018

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The aim is to reduce the stigma of mental health and raise the awareness of mental health. We can all play a role to ensure that people dealing with problems concerning mental health can live more fulfilling lives.

One thing that many of us can do quite easily is to spend time listening to a young person. We simply need to hear them out whilst giving them an opportunity to tell their story. We don’t have to agree with what they are telling us, and we definitely do not need to judge them. Obviously, if they tell us that they are contemplating suicide or self-harm, we need to get appropriate care for them as soon as possible. If this is not the case we can continue listening and focus the conversation on how they are feeling. We can also offer the young person hope as it’s common for us to feel down from time to time. But there is help out there to help us feel much better. The sooner we get the help that we need the sooner we are likely to recover.

Mental Health First Aid

Get in touch to find out how you or your company can identify the signs of mental ill health. You will learn how to recognise the signs and symptoms of common mental health conditions. in addition, become equipped with the knowledge, skills and confidence to act as the first point of contact for a someone experiencing mental health issues or mental illness. 

Alternatively, you can read the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course review from one of our course attendees here. 

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