“We’re such a fragile and emotional generation.” These words by 18 year-old Alison Heyland appeared in the November 7, 2016 Time magazine cover article “Anxiety, Depression and the American Adolescent.” Written by Susanna Schrobsdorff, this article shines a spotlight on two pressing mental health issues facing youth today – anxiety and depression. According to Schrobsdorff, “It’s a phenomenon that cuts across all demographics—suburban, urban, and rural; those who are college bound and those who aren’t… and studies show that girls are more at risk than boys.”
As youth workers, this probably doesn’t come as a surprise to you. It’s very possible that one or more of your youth are currently dealing with these issues, and you may not feel equipped to help them work through such challenges. Though intended for parents, I encourage you to read this article as it contains both scholarly information and practical wisdom that you will find very valuable.
Visit https://goo.gl/IJmPCi to access the article. Links embedded in the text will lead you to additional resources to help you address teens and mental health issues. Please note that an online subscription to the publication will be required in order to access the article. Or visit your local library.