Updated: Mar 30, 2019
Teens in America have a lot to deal with that can affect them emotionally, physically, and mentally. Along with the usual stressors that come with growing up such as academics, peer pressure, and thinking about life beyond high school, today’s teens must grapple with the anxiety of bullying and school shootings. The Pew Research Center conducted a study recently that shows how these stressors are affecting today’s teens. According to the study, 70% of the teens see mental health as a real struggle among their peers. This should be concerning to everyone that teens are having so many struggles in this particular area.
There is, however, a silver lining behind these results. That silver lining is awareness.
There are several positive outcomes that can result from teens’ awareness of mental health issues among their peers:
· Lessening of the stigma attached to mental health issues. There has always been a huge stigma surrounding mental health issues. This stigma has led to teens living in avoidance of problems rather than dealing with them.
· A common bond. When teens see their peers also struggling with anxiety or depression, it helps ease their feeling of aloneness in regard to their issues. It can be easy to feel like you are the only one in the world dealing with such feelings, so to find a peer who can empathize with what you are going through can be a first step to self-awareness and healing.
· A higher likelihood of getting much needed help. Parents can often miss the signs of anxiety or depression in their teens simply because the symptoms can often be mistaken for normal teen moodiness or rebellion. A peer, however, will be more likely to recognize anxiety or depression for what it truly is and hopefully alert another adult who can assist the teen in getting the help needed.
The awareness of today’s teens in regard to mental health issues among their peers is a positive aspect to what could be otherwise be seen as entirely negative. Even though the percentage of teens struggling with mental health issues is high, it is encouraging to know that these same teens are becoming more aware that their struggles are real and they are not struggling alone.
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