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Mental Health in Children and Young People

About 75% of children and young people have mental health problems. People with mental health problems have a disordered behavioural pattern and an increased risk of depression. With the high percentage of young people with mental challenges in society, there is a need to provide the right information and solution.

How to Promote Mental Wellness in Children and Young People

When mental health is drained, it will quickly reflect on the physical. Children no longer look good when they have trouble with mental wellness. When there is no good mental health, it becomes difficult to be resilient and cope with life’s challenges.

The following are ways to promote mental wellness in young people:

  • Encourage a balanced diet and regular exercise.
  • Being flexible by creating time for both outdoor and indoor play.
  • Creating a strong bond in the family.
  • Mixing with good mindsets at gatherings, including schools, birthdays, churches, and many other events.
  • Engaging in community services.

As much as children try to engage in everything mentioned above, parents should show love and support. This increases the chance of the child applying the advice or recommendations gotten from you. Children with balanced mental well-being can control their emotions and respond logically.

What Causes Poor Mental Health in Children and Young People?

Vulnerability is the most common cause of mental challenges in children. Some children who have not adapted to new phases of life feel anxious.

Teenagers often think in extra because they are exposed to many social media talks. At this stage, they are gradually becoming adults. They take alcohol or drugs just to validate the trending things in society today. When you realize a child has a mental health problem, show them you understand how they feel.

Research proves that lack of love and confidence can cause mental health disorders. When people find it challenging to adapt to the change, they gradually become depressed. Therefore, parents need to emphasize that children should accept who they are.

soulful moment. portrait of mother and her beloved son with disability in rehabilitation center

Are Some Children and Young People More Likely to Experience Mental Health Problems?

Certain risk factors increase the chances of a child developing mental health problems. Hence, caregivers should discourage these risk factors as early as possible.

  • A prolonged physical illness
  • Losing a close loved one
  • Past experiences with illegal acts such as alcohol consumption
  • Poverty or homelessness
  • Constant discrimination
  • Prolonged academic or social challenges at school
  • Parents who separate or divorce
  • Taking on adult responsibilities

These factors are the common trends in society, which need attention from agencies and caregivers.

The Common Mental Health Problems in Children

The Nurseline community service identifies these factors during the mental health campaign in children and young people.

  • Depression: The depression rate in teenagers is more than that of children.
  • Self-harm: Some young people hurt themselves as a coping mechanism for pains or discomfort.
  • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD): Children and young people experience anxiety mostly when they change environment or school.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): This traumatizing disorder is usually accompanied by sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. Unfortunately, it is becoming a trend in society today.
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) occurs in hyperactive children.
  • Eating disorders: The most common eating disorders in young girls are bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa. This is more common in young girls because they imitate the physical look of a TV star or model. Wherein it poses a great threat to physical and emotional health.

Apart from water, the other liquid we often consume is alcohol, but unlike water, alcohol is less healthy. Many people consume excess alcohol when in deep thought or disappointed with life. The belief is to change their mood and create happiness. However, the effect is not long-lasting. Drinking irresponsibly causes a dangerous aftermath effect because it leaves the brain with a sense of constant hyper mood. Until addicted individuals consume alcohol m, they often feel an imbalance in their soul and inner self. Then, it becomes difficult to cope with the urge or intense desire to get drunk.

You can talk over a drink with some buddies whenever you are down, but make sure not to consume more than your body can take. Hence, drinking can be a good way to manage mental health, provided it is done reasonably.

The Best Ways to Help Children with Poor Mental Health

The first help we can give a child with poor mental health is providing support. Children need to understand their opinions matter too, and you will not shut them out. Consider their feelings before deciding the best measure for them.

As an adult, it may be easier for you to understand whatever depressed phase your child is passing through is just for a short while. However, do not place too much expectation on your children, and expect them to understand. Acknowledge that a problem exists, and look for ways to provide a solution.

You can also consult the help of a professional mental health specialist if the situation persists for a longer time. At Nurseline community services, you get to meet a group of professionals that are available to offer help every 24/7.

To manage your mental health, you need to keep in touch with friends and families that can have fun with you. These are surely the right set of people to remind you of the beautiful memories you once shared. If the situation permits, you can even set up holidays or vacations with your buddies.

For whatever problem is going on with your life, you can trust your right friends to be non-judgemental, as to some extent, they understand how you feel. More so, real friends will tell you their different points of view about the decision and the most feasible solution that solves the problem.

Do not force communication if you have lost touch with someone you need to get back to. Instead, drop a call or message, and ask if the other party is willing to talk. If there is no one to keep in touch with, there are many mental health communities you can build a family in, as stated earlier.

The Best Ways to Help Young People with Poor Mental Health

The best treatment to offer young people with poor mental health is by providing a listening ear. Be observant and ready to talk about any behavioural changes. Ask if they are coping with any change in any part of their lives.

When a teenager becomes more difficult to understand, you can refer them to a trained counsellor. Based on the long years of community services at Nurseline, we realize many teenagers work best with a combination of medications and talking therapy. Hence, a professional will help identify the best treatment or procedure for you. Contact them today.

Undoubtedly, not everyone around us can offer monetary help, but some can offer listening ears, a good start-up in looking after your mental health.

Several ways you can receive help from loved ones can either be by:

  • Introducing you to a support group or system.
  • Checking up on you regularly.
  • Schedule you with professional personnel such as a counsellor.
  • Stand by you if there is an attack from outsiders.
  • Promoting positive energies or vibes around you.

Mental health is a major concern in society today, and you will readily find help if you open your mind to it.

To manage your mental health, you need to keep in touch with friends and families that can have fun with you. These are surely the right set of people to remind you of the beautiful memories you once shared. If the situation permits, you can even set up holidays or vacations with your buddies.

For whatever problem is going on with your life, you can trust your right friends to be non-judgemental, as to some extent, they understand how you feel. More so, real friends will tell you their different points of view about the decision and the most feasible solution that solves the problem.

Do not force communication if you have lost touch with someone you need to get back to. Instead, drop a call or message, and ask if the other party is willing to talk. If there is no one to keep in touch with, there are many mental health communities you can build a family in, as stated earlier.