5 Tips to Help Parents Ensure Teen Mental Wellness
“Teen mental wellness and health has rapidly become one of the foremost challenges facing parents and caretakers of young people. In recent decades, the prevalence of depression among teens and young adults has risen by more than 35 percent, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has estimated that 20 percent of youth ages 13 to 18 struggle with mental health issues each year.
Struggles with mental health issues that affect their mental wellness often begin at an early age. NAMI reports that at least half of all mental health conditions arise by the time a person turns 14. This startling fact underscores the importance of tending to mental health from an early age and continuing to focus on teen mental wellness.
Still, such statistics can be daunting for parents. However, there are number of things parents can do to instill habits that promote teen mental wellness. Moreover, they can learn to act as advocates for their teens’ long-term mental wellness and emotional health.”