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Mental Health

Mental health is a state of well-being that involves enjoying life, having a sense of purpose, and being able to manage life’s highs and lows. We know that young people face a variety of challenges and pressures and mental health problems are on the rise.  The statistics do paint a striking portrait: close to 20 percent – one in five – young people are actively dealing with a mental health issue. These include:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Conduct disorder
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Suicide

 

Of these, anxiety disorders most commonly affect children and teens, with six percent experiencing them at some point. A major concern is that only one in four will seek help.  This can have a major impact on relationships, academics,  physical health and perceptions of success as they get older and become adults.  It is vital that there is open communication and meaningful dialogue that will support and provide resources to seek help early.
What does it mean to have good mental health?
Six common factors of well-being:

  1. A sense of purpose
  2. Strong relationships
  3. Feeling connected to others
  4. Having a good sense of self
  5. Coping with stress
  6. Enjoying life

 

It is important to check in with yourself.  The following could be symptoms that something just isn’t right. 

  • Being anxious and irritable
  • Having a low mood for a long time
  • Sleeping less or too much
  • Decreased motivation to engage in things that you normally enjoy
  • Finding it difficult to manage everyday life
  • Not reacting to something that merits a reaction
  • Becoming isolated and withdrawn
  • Having suicidal thoughts

 

Having mental illness doesn’t mean you can’t have good mental health. Here are a few strategies to help you grow:

  1. Take a time out to just breathe
  2. Focus on the positives
  3. Create a list of personal resources
  4. Get active
  5. Make time for YOU
  6. Build connections
  7. Disconnect
  8. Spend time in nature

 

Most importantly, get support!
At GT 360 Foundation we care about young people’s mental well being and ability to bring their whole self to every interaction.  Enroll our Mental Health micro learning to gain insights, tools and resources.  Check it out here …

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