Concerns surrounding adolescent mental health have been on the rise since the 1950s. Just the fact that adolescent suicide rates are high enough for most teens to personally know someone who has committed suicide is a glaring indicator that adolescent mental health is in dire need of our support.
This especially rings true in an era dominated by the unhealthy projections posited by social media; maintaining a healthy mindset has become near impossible for the average teen. Being a part of this demographic myself, I, unfortunately, know all too well of the strike to sanity social media tends to throw. From experiencing FOMO, body insecurity, and the desire for social acceptance in the form of likes and comments, to the very real evils of cyberbullying, being a teenager in the 21st century brings it all. It’s also no doubt that academic pressures have risen exponentially, with kids bred like racehorses to breeze through standardized tests from a very young age. Not to mention having to walk around shards of glass when navigating the social politics of high school groupism. In a way, we’re having to grow up a lot faster than we should be, and all of these factors combined with the simple truth that we haven’t even figured out who we really are spells disaster for our minds.
I, for one, have been lucky enough to have a good home support system that makes some of these challenges easier to deal with. But for the most part, instead of being supported by the community that expects this generation of adolescents to develop solutions for the mistakes of the past, a typical depressed teen’s mental condition is brushed off as “a phase” that will eventually pass. Personally, I can verify that teenagers already have a hard time communicating their thoughts and feelings--mostly because we don’t really even understand what we feel. In spite of everything, if we know that our friends, family, and neighbors have our backs, half the battle is already won. So, join us today in securing the future by pledging to support youth mental health. Will you swear to care?
- Soha Jashwant
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