According to the World Health Organization(WHO), one in seven 10 to19- year old's
experience mental disorder, accounting for 13% of mental health issues and
diseases in this age group. Anxiety disorder, Depressive Disorder are among the
leading causes of illness and disability among adolescents. Globally, It is estimated that
even after so many cases of mental health disorders among these young adolescents,
the majority of them remain unidentified or unrecognized.
No Age Restrictions:
Mental health issues are not age-restricted. They can happen to anyone and at any
time. There are various mental diseases and issues like PTSD, Depressive disorder,
and Addiction that can occur throughout your life and can stay for longer than one can
imagine. A senior citizen can become an addict, and a young child can have a post-
"Life is unpredictable. Not everything is in our control. But as long as
you are with the right people, you can handle anything"– Amy Santiago, Brooklyn Nine-
Teenagers & Mental Health:
The teenage group and the young adults are the most vulnerable to mental health issues. It is the age when everything is suddenly new and exciting. And mistakes of such naïve behaviours
often lead to unexpected turns. They often feel neglected by their parents because of
the age gap and feel closer to their friends. In the process of giving more importance to
their friends, they forget themselves.
The parents neglect their kid's symptomatic behaviours which further makes the kids
feel more lonely. This is the most dangerous time for the person. They get into a
phase of believing that the future will also be the same. They think the world will be
cruel to them if they speak up about what and how they are feeling. And it is during this
phase, that the person can become suicidal.
The roots of any mental health issue are always from childhood. Mental diseases never occur suddenly, rather they pile up and create a Black Hole where they pull the person deep into thinking about life in a negative way. Therefore, checking on our closest teens and making them feel loved and appreciated is extremely important.
Words of affirmation and following their love language are ways of creating a bond where they can trust us during difficult times. And in such time Project C Foundation, an NPO can help you to overcome your problems. You can talk and express your feelings and understand value of yours.
--------- Tanishtha Mewada