The second week of May was 21St. Annual Mental Health Awareness Week, which focuses on the effects of loneliness this year and the practical steps we can take to address it.
Especially for young people, mental health has become one of the biggest challenges they face today. In the UK, official statistics indicate that one in six people aged 6 to 16 had a potential mental health condition by the end of 2021, a sharp increase from one in nine in 2017.
Meanwhile, according to the National Alliance for Mental Illness NAMI in the United States, 50 percent of lifelong mental illnesses develop by age 14, and 75 percent by age 24. It shows what an important and vulnerable stage of adolescence is and why it is so important to support young people at this stage of life.
Mental health is a challenge that schools around the world are constantly looking for new ways to protect the well-being of their students. This is a challenge that has undoubtedly grown as a result of the epidemic, as for the first time in history schools had to close their doors, young people spent more time away from their families and friends, and more on their education and social interactions. Life has moved online.
During Kovid’s time, adolescents lost true connection with their peers and so with the world, they felt isolated and lost their freedom to deal with the common conflicting feelings and thoughts of adolescence.