Protecting Teens' Mental Well-being

May 30, 2020

Quote of the Week

"No connection can ever be broken if love holds tight at both ends." -- Shannon L Alder

How Teenagers Can Protect Their Mental Health During Coronavirus

"Being a teenager is difficult no matter what, and the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is making it even harder. With school closures and cancelled events, many teens are missing out on some of the biggest moments of their young lives — as well as everyday moments like chatting with friends and participating in class.

For teenagers facing life changes due to the outbreak who are feeling anxious, isolated and disappointed, know this: you are not alone. We spoke with expert adolescent psychologist, best-selling author and monthly New York Times columnist Dr. Lisa Damour about what you can do to practice self-care and look after your mental health." This week's article from UNICEF specifically speaks to teens around the world about ways they can look after their well-being. [read more]

Reading Corner

Title: Stuff That Sucks: Accepting what you can’t change and committing to what you can
By: Ben Sedley
Ages: Teens

"Each of us has thoughts that are painful at times; sometimes the pain is sadness, sometimes worry or anger or shame or grief or some feeling that you don't even have words for.

If you are a young person struggling with your emotions, you do not want to be told that 'everyone feels like that' or that 'you will grow out of it'. You want to feel that your emotions are valid and that the person offering help truly understands how painful life can feel at times. With a strong emphasis on validation and compassion, Stuff That Sucks encourages you to accept your emotions rather than struggling against them. It also shows how to reconnect with what is really important to you, giving you the tools to help clarify your personal values and take steps towards living a life where those values can guide you in your day-to-day behaviour." - Publisher

Be the Change

Share this week's article with a teen in your life.  For grown-ups looking to find specific ways to support the mental well-being of teens, this resource offers some helpful ideas.