The words we speak can have a bigger implication on others more than we realize. Mental health does not only impact adults but effects youth as well. In this episode, we discuss how youth can develop mental health issues and how we can change the statistics on such a growing epedemic.
Show notes: Episode Four
Mental Health is a growing concern in our society. According stats Canada 1 in 5 Canadians will experience mental health issues. By the time an adult reaches 40 it is expected to 1 and 2 Canadians will experience mental health issues.
Let’s work together to help change these statistics, by fostering the mindset of today’s youth.
Youth and Mental Health
· Youth experience mental health issues as well.
· Children build their self-esteem and self- concept by comparing themselves to others.
o An unhealthy perception of themselves can carry-out through development into adulthood.
· Need to help youth realize there is nothing wrong with being different. Our differences are what makes everyone unique. Variety is the spice of life.
· Words and actions from adults can have a deeper impression on youth
o A child’s mind is like wet cement. Easy to make an impression but hard to remove the imprint.
· Youth with disabilities experience mental health issues as well.
o 50% of students with disabilities are lonely
· Youth with learning disabilities are more likely to experience low self-esteem. Especially in regards to their learning challenges.
Adapting a Healthy Mindset
There are various means to helping, and supporting individuals with mental health issues, but the first step that can lead in a positive direction is to adapt a healthy mindset.
Understanding the root of the thought and changing the narrative.
· Be mindful.
o On a daily bases there are thousands of thoughts running through the human mind. Many of these thoughts are reruns.
o Being reflective of our thoughts. Understand the root of the thought and change the narrative that we tell ourselves.
o Help youth be reflective.
· People first
o Everyone has a different experience and a different story.
o Get to know the person first and let them tell you what they need not what you think they need
o Be mindful of the comments we make to ourselves and youth.
o Lead by example and guide others
· Teach Social and other required skills
o Do not assume that someone knows how
· Do not forget the support team.
o It takes a village to raise a kid, it takes a team to navigate a student to success.
o Parents, teachers, educational assistants they need support as well to
o Do not be shy. Let those around you know that you are there for support or that you need help. It can be as simple as saying:
§ How are you
§ How can I help you
§ Let’s take a break
o Throw kindness like confetti.