World Teen Mental Wellness Day: History, Meaning, Symptoms and More
March 2, 2023, 11:21 am
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World Teen Mental Wellness Day, held on March 2 each year, aims to raise awareness about the mental health issues teens face.
The day is dedicated to normalizing conversations about teen mental health issues and breaking stigmas surrounding the issue.
According to the American Psychological Association, the worst mental health of any generation is experienced by Gen Z.
World Teen Mental Wellness Day was first launched by the clothing retailer Hollister in 2020 as part of their Hollister Confidence Project.
The project is a 365 days a year people-driven initiative that aims to help teens around the world feel confident and efficient.
The Hollister Confidence Fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations dedicated to teen mental health and the safety and inclusion of LGBTQ+ youth.
Despite living a ‘modern life’ there is a lot we need to work on including mental health issues that often go unrecognized due to a lack of awareness on the subject.
This day educates people about mental health issues and how it affects teens.
It aims to end the stigma that will help prevent depression and suicide among vulnerable teens.
Mental health symptoms that teens and parents should not ignore
Some common symptoms of mental health problems in teens include feeling sad, restless or depressed, and getting tired easily.
Difficulty concentrating, extreme feelings of guilt, excessive anxiety or worry, and extreme mood swings with ups and downs are also common symptoms.
It can also lead to withdrawal from friends and activities, thoughts of suicide, and excessive anger, hostility, or violence.
What are some coping skills?
If you know a teen who suffers from depression or mental health issues, they can try some coping skills that can help express their feelings in a constructive way.
It helps develop skills to resolve conflicts and adopt a positive outlook on life. They can try meditation, deep breathing, or any physical activity.
Being among friends and spending time away from home can also help.