Young people are vulnerable to Mental Health difficulties because of so many diverse factors while hormonal factors being a threat too, as they transition from childhood to adulthood. Dealing with becoming a teenager comes with so much pressure and expectations, many teenagers will automatically become insecure, trying to find out who they are which will cause them a rollercoaster of emotions and a lot of mood swings, while most of them become dependent on peers for approval. Other factors include physical disability, loss of a loved one, toxic environments, drugs, bullying, lack of social support and so much more. Due to all these they can find themselves caught up in negative spirals from which is very difficult to escape.
Statistics indicate that 75% of Mental Health problems start before the age of 24, this explains the vulnerabilities in transitions and experiences that will manifest mostly in adulthood i.e. Childhood trauma. Girls are more Vulnerable to Mental Health problems more than boys. Statistics indicate that 1 in 5 girls are vulnerable to Mental Health difficulties compared to 1 in 10 boys. Depression and Anxiety are the most common Mental Health disorders. Understanding Mental Health is very important, learning the warning signs of Mental Health difficulties, stress management, building resilience, positive coping mechanisms to ensure a functional young person through adulthood to reduce risks of Mental Health difficulties.
Mending Minds Foundation is committed to propelling a happier young person but that does not mean they cannot be sad. Fluctuations of moods are perfectly normal however Teen depression is more than just feeling sad temporarily. It is a serious deliberating mood disorder that can change the way they think, feel and function which will affect their behavior in school, home and social life.
Mending Minds Foundation plays a major role to ensure Mental Health literacy to young people is paramount to help them manage emotions, have positive coping mechanisms, understand warning signs of Mental Health difficulties, empowerment and ensure they seek help if need be.