World Teen Mental Wellness Day
5 Tips for Teens on How to Practice Mental Wellness
The American Psychological Association reports that 80% of youth between the ages of 15-21 suffer from severe stress and anxiety due to academic, social and environmental pressures. Deaf and hard of hearing youth are more likely to experience mental health issues due to additional stressors resulting from communication barriers and negligence. Increases in depression and suicide among youth, have caused individuals and organizations to create campaigns to spread awareness of mental health and reduce stigma around it.
On March 2nd, Hollister Co. is introducing the first national Teen Mental Wellness Day. In support of this effort, we want to share with you 5 tips for practicing mental wellness.
Engage – Check in with the people you care about whether they are family members or friends. Spend time with people who give you positive energy and help you give positive energy back.
Take Care – Diet, sleep, and exercise can make a huge difference in your emotional and physical wellbeing. Eating healthy foods, drinking plenty of water, sleeping for at least 6 hours and exercising once a day can make a big difference.
Relax – Unplug from social media and the internet more often to decrease your stress. Try meditation, writing, reading, cooking, painting, drawing or getting your nails done. Do whatever makes you feel more at peace with yourself and the world around you.
Practice Mindfulness – The Art of Mindfulness is focusing on the present moment. Try thinking about 3 things that you are grateful for right now and remind yourself to do this several times throughout the day. If you pay attention to who you are and where you are in that moment, you may discover that there is a lot to be thankful for.
Talk to Someone – Talking to a licensed professional is always the best way to go, but in the event that you are not ready or able to access one, talk with someone you trust. Be it a parent, a friend or a mentor. Don’t be afraid to share when you are struggling.
If you are a teen struggling with your mental wellbeing or know someone struggling with theirs, try following some of the tips above. If you are someone or know someone having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention hotline 1-800-273-8255 (VR) or visit https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org to chat with someone online. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is another resource for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders. Contact them via TTY at 1-800-487-4889.
To find out more information on Teen Mental Wellness Day, click here. If you are looking for a qualified deaf professional therapist, consider reaching out to National Deaf Therapy for support. Visit www.csd.org/media for more tools and resources.