* a teenager coming home after a long day of school.
daughter:hey, mom! mom: hey, how was your day?daughter; it was okay, im just really tired mom: thats okay we all have those type if days.. make sure you do your chores .
`rooms dirty`she hasn't been eating`sleeping alot`doesnt come out of her room`wearing long sleeves and sweat pants all the time now.
* daughter goes upstairs and cyries in her room.
Kids and teens have been diagnosed with mental illnesses. Such as depression, anxiety and even eating disorders. Many teens tend to not express how they feel or ask for help because they might be too afraid to talk to their parents or even because they're afraid of how they might react.
mom:foods ready are you ready to eat?daughter: no im not that hungry right now i'll eat later.
In the past few years, 8 in 10 children ages 3-17 with depression have received treatment . According to NAMI (national alliance of mental illness) Brandon Marshall, a star wide receiver for the New York Jets in the NFL, started a foundation, that travels through Capital Hill talking about mental health .
daughter finally confesses her feelings to her mother on how shes been feeling
daughter: mom im not okay, i just dont feel like myself anymore. im tired mentally. i need helpmom: i never knew you felt this way. im h=gonna try and see what i can do.
Teenagers tend to often hide their feelings and emotions. They somtimes need someone that they can trust to come and talk to.
Resolution / Call to Action
counselor: so whats been going on?daughter: im not happy..coounselor: whats making u feel this way?daughter
Often parents go indenial about their child having a mental illness.
The NAMI compaingn states that "The fear of discrimination and being viewed as different by their friends and peers is a large barrier to young people receiving mental health". This explains that teens are fearful of being dicriminated and bneing looked at different even by the people they are close with.
Therapy helps with mental health. Sometime people just needs someone to talk to.