Good mental and emotional health in children and young people is a positive indicator of the future wellbeing of the adults they become. The ability to form meaningful relationships and coping with the responsibilities of adulthood depends largely on experiences gained during childhood.
Considering that adolescents are at a very special age, they need a lot of attention because their personalities are just forming. It is essential to track their mental development and not to neglect even the slightest problems. After all, they are our future, and they will be creating the next generation of influential people, who will have a significant role in our society.
Our organization is connected to many public schools in the U.S., but we also work with foreign coworkers who are dealing with the same problems. We want to improve the mental health of teenagers and adolescents and prevent any severe psychiatric disorders.
There is robust evidence that schools which promote all aspects of health can positively influence mental health in young people. Discrete anti-bullying schemes can have significant long-term impacts on potential depression and suicidal behavior, and training in the acquisition of life and social skills has been proven effective in improving self-esteem, and in developing better coping mechanisms when faced with transitions such as changing school or parental divorce.
Anxiety, depression and behavioral problems in children or young people are significant risk factors for poor educational outcomes, poor physical health, poor social skills and suicidal behavior. Childhood mental health problems are strongly predictive of poor mental health in later life. Ensuring young people receive appropriate support can help overcome any long-term difficulties.
Adolescence is a time when young people begin to identify themselves as an individual with personal and social responsibilities, develop committed personal relationships and begin entering the world of work. These transitions can present significant challenges to mental health, and the prevalence of mental health problems and mental disorders peaks in this age group. There is a need for both formal and informal support mechanisms, and young people need to be made aware that they are not alone and that the problems they are experiencing are common.