Imagine growing up in our world today.
Young people are spending most of their day on the internet – experiencing cyber-crimes, cyber bullying, and playing violent video games.
Not only that, but the rise of social media is causing young people to have no choice but to constantly be comparing their lives, and appearances, to others’ all around the world.
Mental health issues, suicide, and substance abuse numbers have been steadily rising.
LGBTQ youth are feeling alone and persecuted for being true to themselves and young adults are at the age when serious mental illnesses can occur and yet they are taught little to nothing about mental illness and wellbeing.
This is why the focus is of this year’s world mental health day campaign is on Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World.
The WHO (World Health Organisation) explained:
“Adolescence and the early years of adulthood are a time of life when many changes occur, for example changing schools, leaving home, and starting university or a new job. For many, these are exciting times. They can also be times of stress and apprehension however. ‘In some cases, if not recognised and managed, these feelings can lead to mental illness. The expanding use of online technologies, while undoubtedly bringing many benefits, can also bring additional pressures, as connectivity to virtual networks at any time of the day and night grows”.
It’s important to bring attention to the issues our youth and young adults are facing in our world today and begin the conversation around what they need in order to grow up healthy, happy and resilient.
Please make sure you ask any young people you know how they are doing, because they may not be as okay as they seem.
And young people, please feel you can talk about your problems, whatever they may be – there is nothing to be ashamed of.
At Dr Julian, we think the most important thing when it comes to mental health is to talk.
We offer online video therapy in the comfort of your own home.
So, no waiting lists, and no leaving your bedroom!
We know how stressful and detrimental to your mental health university can be. This is why for world mental health day, we are giving students 25% off their first appointment with us.
Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org using your student email address and we will reply with your personal discount.
Talk to someone, talk to us!