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Marine Terrace Breeze – Youth Mental Health talk

Mental disorder is not a personality weakness, irresponsible behavior or deliberate attempt for attention.
It’s not their fault.

 

Risk factors of youth mental disorder
Biological
  • Developmental changes in the brain
  • Neurobiological pre-disposition
Social
  • Environmental stressors, social expectations and comparisons
  • Peer competition and bullying
  • Family situations
  • Romantic relationships
Psychological
  • Social, gender Identity
  • Self-worth
  • Life perspective
  • Childhood experiences
Protective Factors
  • Adaptation to changes – both physical and societal
  • Peer support and engagement
  • Familial and community support
  • Positive coping and problem-solving skills
  • Positive self-concept and personal competence
  • Access to available help.

 

It’s not the parent’s fault, but you can help to make things better. 

 

How to tell if a person is at risk of mental health condition
  • Unexplained aches and pain
  • Erratic moods – Irritable and edgy
  • Persistent sadness, anxiety or low moods
  • Reduced ability to compete normal task and activity
  • Struggle with concentration, memory and decision making.
  • Lack of motivation in the areas of interest or in social relations
  • Changes in sleep patterns – unable to sleep or sleep too much
  • Changes in energy level – Fatigues easily
  • Changes in appetite or weight
What can you do
  • Find a private space and suitable time to have a talk
  • Listen, Listen, Listen
  • Show compassion and empathy
  • Identify stressors such as insufficient sleep, skipping meals, problems faced in daily routine, relationship issues etc.
  • Discuss type of help available and where to get help.

 

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