As the holidays approach and the cold weather brings about seasonal changes, families become busily involved in fall activities, family gatherings, and other seasonal events. However, fall is also an important time in the mental health community.
This October 10th marks World Mental Health Day 2018. At Emerge, we feel that this day is incredibly important because it provides an opportunity to raise awareness about mental health issues and the benefits of therapy for Denver families, children, teens, and young adults.
What Is World Mental Health Day?
World Mental Health Day is an official day designated by the World Federation for Mental Health that’s dedicated to matters involving mental health education, awareness, and advocacy. It has been celebrated worldwide since 1992.
Each year, a theme is chosen for this day to help fuel topics of discussion and promote awareness around specific issues. Past themes include mental health in the workplace, mental health among older adults, and schizophrenia, among others. This year, the theme is “Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World.”
Challenges Faced by Young People Today
As adults, we tend to look back on our childhood years with fond feelings of nostalgia and longing, remembering how happy and free we felt when our lives held less stress and responsibility. However, it’s important to understand that children and teens still experience challenges just as difficult as adults too, and can sometimes feel overwhelmed by situations or changes in their lives.
Additionally, in this day and age, with technology becoming more ingrained in our everyday lives, children today face new challenges as they are faced with constant pressures imposed by their peers and the media. Furthermore, many children around the world are living in areas affected by serious issues such as humanitarian crises, natural disasters, poverty, and health epidemics.
Benefits of Therapy for Children & Young People
As if life isn’t complicated enough for children and teens, many young people also face additional challenges due to the onset of mental illness. Many mental illnesses emerge in the late teens and twenties, adding even more stress during an already complicated time. To make matters worse, teenage and early college years are also the time when many young adults start to struggle with substance abuse and eating disorders.
During such a difficult time period, it’s important for young people to be able to get the help and support they need. Therapy offers a solution for young people who are struggling with mental health issues and changes in their lives. Young people can seek therapy on an individual basis or together with parents and siblings in family therapy.
Going to therapy can help young adults find ways to cope with issues they are experiencing in their life and find relief from stress, anxiety, and depression. By approaching these issues early on, young people can proceed into adulthood better equipped with ways to deal with emotional turmoil and mental health issues and live happy, successful lives.
Get More Information on Therapy & Mental Health Services
If you are a parent or young adult living in Denver that’s interested in therapy or mental health services, please do not hesitate to contact our office. We would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have or help you schedule an appointment for a time that’s convenient for you.