Embracing World Mental Health Day for our Teens

Category:Health and Recovery

This month we raise awareness and create space to reflect on our own well-being as parents and the mental health of our teenagers. October 10th marks World Mental Health Day, a globally recognized initiative that sheds light on the importance of mental health. It's an opportunity for us to come together as a Beach High community, break down stigmas, and support our teenagers on their mental health journey.

Mental Health by the Numbers for Youth

  • 17% of youth (6-17 years) experience a mental health disorder
  • The average delay between onset of mental illness symptoms and treatment is 11 years
  • High school students with significant symptoms of depression are more than twice as likelyto drop out compared to their peers
  • Students aged 6-17 with mental, emotional or behavioral concerns are 3x more likely to repeat a grade.

Source: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Sometimes with the fullness of life we forget that we are human beings and start to feel more like human doings. Teenagers today face unique challenges, from academic pressures to the influence of social media and the ever-changing landscape of friendships and relationships. These factors can contribute to stress, anxiety, and even depression in our high schoolers. By promoting mental health awareness, we can equip them with the tools they need to navigate.

What can we do for our teenagers when it comes to their mental health?  

  • Hold space - Create a safe and open space for communication, be there to listen without judgment and reflect when it’s appropriate.
  • Give space - Sometimes the best you can do for your teenager is to give them time alone to be aware of their own thoughts and feelings 
  • Self-Care - Teach your teenager the importance of taking care of themselves holistically; physically, energetically and mentally. 
  • Get educated - Learn about common mental health issues affecting teenagers, so you can recognize signs and provide appropriate support.
  • Speak - Let words like anxiety and depression become part of your everyday vocabulary at home. If it’s not your kids, it will be someone in their lives.
  • Relate - Mention the latest brands like Comfrt hoodies designed for anxiety and stress or ask if they know any mental health influencers on TikTok. 

The mental well-being of our teenagers is a top priority. This World Mental Health Day, let's come together as a community to raise awareness, promote open conversations, and provide the support our high schoolers need to thrive emotionally and academically. Let’s shine together!


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