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of Teenagers

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The World Health Organisation defines mental wellbeing as ‘a state in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.’ It reflects a state in which someone is healthy, happy and prosperous. A strong sense of wellbeing helps us to feel good about ourselves and the way our lives are going.

The interesting thing about wellbeing is that it can have an upward spiral effect. If you do something that increases your wellbeing, it’s likely to make you feel good, which is turn will help give you the motivation to do something else that will improve your wellbeing and make you feel good.

At Eduvew we all want our teenagers to be happy and healthy, by also helping them develop mental wellbeing, so that they have every opportunity to get the most out of their teenage years. 

Adolescence is a time of enormous changes in life – physical, psychological and social. These changes can be stressful. Experiencing anxious, sad and angry thoughts and feelings is a normal part of adolescence. Many adolescents suffer from problems such as anxiety and depression, which cause them pain and suffering. By taking steps to protect their emotional well-being, and as with other illnesses, there is much that caring people around them could do to help.

What effect does wellbeing have on teenagers?

High levels of wellbeing in teenagers can help them flourish in life, as well as act as a protective factor against some of the challenges that may arise during the teenage years. Teenagers with strong mental wellbeing are able to:

  • manage their emotions

  • enjoy positive relationships with friends an family

  • apply themselves at school

  • participate in activities that interest them

  • have optimism about the future.

Messages for adolescents on emotional well-being

  1. Adolescence is a time of enormous change in one’s life. These changes can be stressful.

  2. Spending time every day doing things that you enjoy, being with people whom you like and doing some physical activity can help to prevent and reduce stress.

  3. Feeling anxious, sad or angry from time to time is normal. Talking to friends, your parents or other trusted adults can be helpful. They can give you comfort and support, and help you to think things through clearly.

  4. Do not use tobacco, alcohol or other substances as a way of coping when you are under pressure, or are feeling anxious, sad or angry. Alcohol and other substances can make feelings of depression and anxiety worse. You may become addicted to these substances.

  5. Do not act hastily or impulsively when you are under pressure or are feeling anxious, sad or angry. You may be tempted to pick a fight or ride a motorcycle fast as a way to deal with these feelings. This will put you and others at great risk of injury.

  6. If you have sad, anxious or angry thoughts and feelings every day for several days and especially if they affect you from doing your daily activities (for example, doing your school work), or if you have thoughts of harming yourself or others seek help from a health professional.

Messages for parents on emotional well-being
of their adolescents

What you should know

  1. Adolescence is a time when young people acquire the skills they need to become independent adults. During this time, many adolescents appear to reject their parents’ guidance, and withdraw from the close attachment they had with them when they were younger. This can be difficult for parents to accept. However, all adolescents still need, and benefit greatly from, the support and guidance of parents. Feeling needed by and being valued by one’s family can give a young person a positive sense of well-being.

  2. Adolescents need to develop the skills to cope with the stresses and strains of everyday life, as well as emotions such as sadness and anger in a healthy way. They also need to know that they can ask their parents for help when they find that they cannot cope by themselves.

  3. With prompt diagnosis and effective treatment, adolescents with many mental health problems can get back to good health and to productive lives.

What you should do

  1. Make every effort to communicate with your son or daughter. Encourage them to share their hopes and expectations, fears and concerns with you. Show interest in their activities and viewpoints. Show that you care for them through your words and actions. Let them know that you will always be there to support them when needed. Encourage them to contribute to family and community activities.

  2. Talk to your son or daughter about healthy ways of dealing with the stresses and strains of everyday life, such as doing activities that they find relaxing, being with people they like, and doing some physical activity.

  3. Warn them of the dangers of using tobacco, alcohol or other substances as a means of dealing with negative thoughts and feelings. Also, warn them that when they are upset they could do things – such as picking a fight or driving dangerously – that could cause harm to themselves or others. Talk to them about the importance of asking for help when they feel that they cannot handle their problems by themselves.

  4. Be watchful for changes in the mood or behavior of your son or daughter. Common signs of stress or mental illness include: changes in sleeping patterns; changes in eating patterns; decreased school attendance or performance; difficulties in concentration; a persistent lack of energy; frequent crying or persistent feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, sadness and anxiety; persistent irritability; frequent complaints of headache or stomach ache and the excessive use of alcohol or other substances. If any of these changes are marked or last for several days, seek help from a health expert.

  5. Find a 'Safe Adult' e.g Counselor, Mentor, Life Coach for your child if they are only talking to their friends as friends do not have a mature perspective to be able to guide. 

Source :Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram - Resource Book by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Our Psychologist Ms. Jonaki Thomas affirms...

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​             Accomplishments

  • Psychologist

  • Trained(NIMHANS) in handling Psychological trauma & Intimate Personal Violence.

  • Certified "Gatekeeper for Suicide Prevention'.

  • NLP Practitioner

  • Career Advisor

  • Associate Leadership & Life Coach

  • ICC member for ‘Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace’

  • Member ACA  (American Psychologists Association)

  • Breath-Mindfulness Coach

  • Certified in Inspirational Leadership through Emotional Management

  • CAIIB (Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers) 

  • M Sc Physics (Delhi University)

Every child needs a good mental health to build strong relationships, adapt to change and deal with life’s challenges. Mental health is an important parameter for an individual’s social and emotional wellbeing. Research shows that there are many advantages of having a good mental health such as:

  • feeling happier, more positive  and enjoying life

  • bouncing back from upsets and disappointments

  • having healthy relationships with family and friends

  • doing physical activities and eating a healthy diet

  • getting involved in activities

  • having a sense of personal achievement

  • feeling a sense of belonging to one or more community

 

According to a WHO report, globally, one in seven 10-19 year old experiences a mental health issue. Counselling provides a safe space for adolescents as they go through a risky period for their mental health while facing many biological changes and challenges in a short period of time. All this while their teenage brains are still maturing. This is the time when protective and supportive environments in family and wider community are important.

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