The mental health of young people is decaying fast. Anxiety, depression, and suicide rates among adolescents and young adults have been rising at alarming rates in the last ten years. Most young people are growing up confused, depressed, anxious, and addicted. They are finding it very difficult to transition into adulthood well.
This blog strives to educate and encourage adults to better understand and become more involved in the lives of adolescents (10-20 year-olds). The struggle is real, but there is hope for every young person. Children can grow up to become resilient, well-adjusted, content, responsible adults. However, they can’t do it alone. They need help from parents, teachers, coaches, and other adults to grow up well.
What is Adolescence?
Adolescence is a time of tremendous transformation. A 10 year old will grow into a 20 year old with staggering changes along the way. They are searching for meaning and value in their lives. They often struggle with conflicting identity issues, weak self-esteem, and significant peer pressure, in addition to struggling with their academic, athletic, and other performance-based activities. Adolescents are trying desperately to understand themselves, their world, and where they can fit in successfully and happily. It is a time of great turmoil for some, while for others it is a time of great excitement and wonder. For most, it is both an exciting adventure entering a larger world and a terribly anxious time of uncertainty.
This video poem describes an adolescent pretty well.