Supporting the mental health of kids and teens is more important than ever.
Growing up can be hard on a young person of any generation, but today’s kids and teens are facing an ever-evolving pandemic, civil unrest and racial inequality, school shootings, social pressures online and systemic inequities that create barriers to success.
It’s no surprise that young people are feeling stressed.
Mental health and wellness are just as important as physical health and fitness and can impact our participation in and enjoyment of life. And for kids and teens, it’s critical to nurture mental health and address any mental health concerns early – as 50% of lifelong mental health conditions start by age 14.
Clubs equip young people with the skills they need to manage their emotions and build resiliency so they can engage in every opportunity that comes their way. Trained, caring staff know that the key is to establish a trusting relationship and open dialogue that help staff and youth recognize changes in thoughts, feelings and behaviors, as well as know when to get help.
Here are resources for parents and caregivers to have important conversations about mental health with the young people in your life, as well as recognize warning signs:
About 20% of young people ages 3 to 17 in the U.S. have a mental, emotional, development or behavioral disorderProtecting Youth Mental Health: The U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory