The Youth of Today V Mental Health Problems
Latest research shows the youth of today are likely to suffer more anxiety, depression and behaviour problems then 30 years ago.
Why? There are a number of reasons;
- Divorce rates are high; this can have a big impact on family life.
- Changes in education! It’s too expensive to go to University! And those who do not make the grades get worse choices at College!
- No work for the youth. So signing on at the job centre is not much of a motivational leap for an 18 year old.
- Zero Job prospects. Applying for endless jobs without getting replies!
If you have been lucky enough to get a degree after 3 years of hard studying, being offered an internship can be fantastic at first until working for free becomes an endless chore!
If you manage to get a job, the likelihood is, it will be low paid, and you may be expected to be grateful for it!
Plus the added pressure of additions, such as drink, drug, internet, Xbox games and so on.
So how do we as parents help kids of today cope with all this?
Do not judge, put yourself in their shoes, they also have emotions and feelings. If they make a mistake help them learn from them! Do not look at them as a failure. A thousand lessons can be learnt from things when they go wrong.
Give them respect as well as setting boundaries/ground rules.
Do not shout, have patience, give them positive belief. Do not compare them to others.
What choices do they have? Study for the future, if they did not get the grades at school they may consider going to future education and re taking them. Suggest choices, do not give them ultimatums such as; “Do it my way or no way”
Talk about what they are good at and what is good about them.
Talk about their dreams and try to turn them into goals.
Start with small challenges.
Suggest a hobby or ask them to help with gardening, cooking, cleaning etc.
Work out together a health and well being plan.
Help them find a purpose and remember to laugh with them and above all listen to them.
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