This year’s theme is ‘Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World’
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 people, these are exciting times. They can also be times of stress. In some cases, if not recognised and managed, these feelings can lead to mental illnesses. With the expanding use of social media and online technology, while it undoubtedly brings many benefits, it can also bring pressures that have never been around before. Low self-esteem, Depression, Anxiety are just a small list of what young children face in this changing technological world.
Half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, but most cases go undetected and untreated. Depression is the third leading cause of mental illness, Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year olds.
Fortunately, there is a growing recognition of the importance of helping young people mental health, from the earliest of ages.
With social media being a large part in today’s world, Adolescents whether they have a mental illness or not, turn to these as a way to shut off from the outside world. YouTube is a big platform in which people use there channels to get there voice heard. Many YouTubers that have mental health issues are very open about their journeys. Below are some videos in which we think would be useful for you, to understand the younger generations view on mental health and their own mental health too!
Let’s all use this year to emphasise the well-being of our young people. It’s time to take a stand and demand more for this vulnerable population – our future depends on it! #WorldMentalHealthDay2018
Video Credit: Jack Harries, Sophdoesvolgs, PewDiePie