Mental health has been a growing concern among young people for the past several years, even before the pandemic. Studies show that about 75% of all lifetime cases of mental health concerns begin by age 24.
However, young people from various racial and ethnic groups are more likely to face mental health challenges due to a variety of social and economic stressors. They’re also more likely to receive inadequate support and treatment.
Here are some tips to help students everywhere prioritize their mental health and overall well-being:
- Learn to advocate for yourself. Reach out to friends, family, mentors, and teachers who can understand and empathize with your struggles and provide helpful advice. Also, be aware of cultural, family, or even personal biases that could prevent you from seeking the support you need.
- Build healthy habits. Self-care activities, such as eating a healthy diet, engaging in activities you enjoy, and getting enough sleep and exercise can help you strengthen your mental health and overall well-being, making you better prepared to take on life’s challenges.
- Establish boundaries. To preserve your mental and physical health, it’s sometimes necessary to make yourself your priority. Learn to say no to excessive demands or commitments that may overwhelm you.
- Celebrate who you are. Acknowledge your unique strengths, experiences, accomplishments, and culture. By embracing who you are and being part of your larger community, you can develop a sense of pride and belonging.
- Reach out for professional support. If you’re struggling with your mental health or life’s many other challenges, consider reaching out to your Assistance Program.
To learn more about these free and confidential services, please visit member support.