YOUTH MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL HEALTH
Youth mental and emotional health is a significant issue that affects millions of young people worldwide. Mental and emotional health refers to an individual's psychological and emotional well-being. It encompasses a broad range of issues, including depression, anxiety, stress, substance abuse, eating disorders, self-harm, and suicidal ideation. According to the World Health Organization, depression is one of the leading causes of illness and disability among adolescents globally. In addition, anxiety disorders are the most common mental health problems affecting young people, with an estimated 10-20% of children and adolescents experiencing anxiety-related disorders.
Several factors contribute to the prevalence of mental and emotional health problems among young people. These factors include family conflict, bullying, academic pressure, peer pressure, social isolation, and exposure to traumatic events. The COVID-19 pandemic has also had a significant impact on young people's mental and emotional health, with increased levels of anxiety, depression, and stress reported worldwide. As a society, we must prioritize the mental and emotional well-being of our youth to support their development into healthy and resilient adults. By working together, we can create a world where young people have the resources, environment and support they need to thrive
Why is Youth Mental and Emotional Wellbeing Awareness crucial?
Globally, one in seven 10-19-year-olds experiences a mental disorder, accounting for 13% of the global burden of disease in this age group.
Depression, anxiety and behavioral disorders are among the leading causes of illness and disability among adolescents.
Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death among 15-29 year-olds.
The consequences of failing to address adolescent mental health conditions extend to adulthood, impairing both physical and mental health and limiting opportunities to lead fulfilling lives as adults.
How are we working?
The Humane Revolution is a social movement that aims to empower and support young people in achieving optimal mental and emotional health. We believe in creating a social movement that promotes awareness, education, and access to resources that help young people recognize and prioritize mental and emotional wellness.
Through our community engagement, advocacy, and innovative 5R Framework Programs, we strive to foster a culture of resilience and compassion that allows all young people to thrive. Our main goal is to break down stigmas surrounding mental health, increase access to support, and promote a holistic approach to wellness that prioritizes mind, body, and spirit. We are committed to creating a world where all young people can reach their full potential and live their lives to the fullest. Everyone can contribute and make a difference with power of humanity, kindness and compassion to fight this global problem.
The first step is to realize the importance of mental and emotional health. This may involve increasing awareness about the prevalence of mental health challenges among young people, as well as the impact that mental health challenges can have on academic performance, social relationships, and overall well-being. It's important to emphasize that mental health is just as important as physical health and to encourage young people to prioritize self-care and seek help when needed.
The second step is to reset negative thought patterns and behaviors. This may involve identifying and addressing unhelpful thoughts, such as negative self-talk or rumination, and replacing them with more positive and constructive thoughts. It may also involve making changes to daily routines or habits that are contributing to stress or anxiety, such as improving sleep hygiene or reducing screen time.
The third step is to reshuffle priorities and relationships. This may involve evaluating relationships with friends and family members and making changes to create more supportive and positive social networks. It may also involve setting realistic goals and prioritizing activities that promote mental and emotional well-being, such as exercise, mindfulness, or creative pursuits.
The fourth step is to develop resilience and coping skills.
We must acknowledge our ability to bounce back from setbacks, learn from our experiences, and grow stronger as a result. Resilience is not just a trait that some people have and others don't, it is a skill that can be developed and cultivated over time. By recognizing our resilience, we can tap into our inner strength and build the resilience we need to navigate the ups and downs of life. We can also develop a sense of purpose and meaning, and build positive relationships that support our well-being and help us to thrive.
The final steps of 5R Framework is maintaining good mental and emotional health is an ongoing process, and it's important for young people to continue practicing these habits and seeking help when needed. This can involve repeating positive self-talk, engaging in self-care activities regularly, active participation in family and social activities, learning new knowledge and skills, and seeking professional support when needed.