Teenage Mental Health: An Essential Guide for Every Parent

Mental health is our psychological, social, and emotional well-being. And, it impacts our thinking, feelings, and actions.

Being mentally healthy is vital for stress management, healthy relationships with others, and the ability to make choices.

Since mental health is essential for every period in our lives, whether this is childhood or adulthood, a lot of parents worry about the mental health of their teens because of the testing nature of young adulthood.

According to Amy Morin from Very Well Family, mental illness is common among children and adolescents.

Did you know that almost 21 percent of children between the ages of 9 and 17 have a mental or addictive disorder?

And, almost 50 percent of all mental disease begins by the age of 14, Morin emphasizes.

This being said, parents need to be well informed at all times about their teen’s mental health by monitoring it regularly and be prepared to have open conversations with their teen.

In this report, you will discover;

• 7 characteristics of a mentally healthy teen
• 13 signs that your teen may be struggling with their mental health
• 5 tips on how you can positively impact on your teen’s mental health
• 5 important topics you can use in conversations with your teen on the subject of mental health

Firstly, it’s worth mentioning that a mental disease doesn’t mean that your teen is crazy or weak.
As with physical problems which could happen to anyone, so too can mental health issues.

In addition to increasing awareness about the importance of good mental health, it is high time that the stigma about mental health illnesses stops and parents and teens feel free to talk about it and if necessary, find treatment.

Addressing any problem with your teen’s mental health from early on is vital for a positive outcome.

On the other hand, looking the other way or thinking that “it could never happen to your teen” will only make things more difficult and challenging for both your teen and you.

7 Signs of a Mentally Healthy Teen

As the Mental Health Foundation explains, in order for parents to be able to react on time in case they notice a decline in their child’s mental health, they need to know how a teenager with a good mental health looks and behaves.

Here are the major signs that your teen is socially and emotionally stable:

1. Ability to learn
2. Being able to feel, express, and deal with numerous positive and negative emotions
3. Capacity to create and keep relationships with others
4. Capable of coping and dealing with uncertainty and change
5. Follows a healthy diet and participates in activities
6. Feeling generally happy and enjoying in their life
7. They are physically active on a regular basis

Teenage Years – A Challenging Period for your Teen’s Mental Health

Without doubt, parents need to know that being a teenager is not easy (we should know better because we have been there, right?) and that there is pressure from all sides.

Whether it’s the pressure of trying to maintain good relationship with family members or to get good grades and be liked by friends, a teen’s struggles come in all shapes and forms.

As a result of continuous stress, many teens claim that they often worry and feel sad and depressed.

When these feelings happen for a prolonged period of time and if your teen feels hopeless or depressed frequently, they may be battling a certain mental health problem.

Possible Signals that Your Teen Is Struggling

Though it is “normal” for teens to be moody, less communicative, and distant, being like this all the time may be a result of a mental health issue.

Therefore, we need to be able to recognize possible signs of mental health problems in our teens and offer them our assistance and full support.

Here are 13 of the major indicators of poor mental health: