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 – 50% of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24.
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 children experience an impairing mental health disorder.Protecting Youth Mental Health: The U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory
Is there a youth mental health crisis? And if so, what can parents and caregivers do to support kids and teens in managing stress, anxiety and depression? Read More →
If you have a concern about your child’s mental health, reach out to your child’s doctor first and they will make a referral to a mental health professional. Read More →
Feeling worried about your child's well being? Learn how to spot the physical signs and emotional symptoms of stress in kids and how you can help. Read More →
Initiate a direct conversation if you notice warning signs that your child may need additional mental or emotional support. Read More →
Signs of suicidal thoughts or actions should never be ignored or taken lightly. Read More →
Dove and Boys & Girls Clubs of America team up to educate young people about having a positive relationship with social media. Read More →
Since my son started attending the Boys & Girls Club at age five, he has made huge improvements in his social, emotional growth and overall social skills. I do not know what I would do without the support and consistency the Boys & Girls Club has provided my family and our community.”
— Lori E. - Parent