The term ‘Mental Health’ no longer lives in despair among us. Time and time again the need is arisen to address the question ‘why mental health awareness is needed? And to our utmost surprise especially in the young adults.
Being a young adult is a crucial period to develop the emotional and social habits to balance mental health well-being. A dire need rose especially when the world is facing the worst of the pandemic, schools being out for months to no end and a lot of young adults found them holding the last bit of their sanity. The outbreak from Covid-19 is still not over, the battle being fought in 2021 itself. It is not hidden anymore how the pandemic made our young generation more vulnerable to mental health issues? Why mental health awareness is needed? Especially in young adults.
The studies have shown that teenage girls to boys have accepted to feel disconnected from their family and friends; and have considered harming themselves over this crunch period of the pandemic. There have been cases where some of the young adults have spiraled down the road of self-destruction.
Mental health is just like a fire, you have to keep a closer watch on it. Similarly, with our growing young adults, their mental health awareness should be our top priority. Most important mental health well-being falls under being emotionally balanced. Being emotionally taken care of is the most important requirement for a young adult, teenage girl especially. If not, it might lead to emotional disorders like depression, social anxiety, eating disorders, anger issues, and many more taking the bite of their lives.
What caused the surge in mental health in the young adults during Covid-19?
As ever-growing Covid-19 taking the world on ruse caused a flicker of fear and anxiety of unknown future among the young adults. When educational institutes and universities being out of order, the educational paradigm shifts to virtual learning in a few months. A lot of competitive exams being cancelled and postponed caused anxiety and pressure on young adults affecting their mental health . This caused the shift in their daily routine especially the quarantine- with the level of loneliness, depression too followed by self-harm practices and substance abuse.
A study was done by the University of Surrey
A unique research study done by the University of Surrey stated the substantial impact of mental health on young adults during this pandemic period. With the significant rise in clinical depression; found to be doubled from 14.p percent in 2019 to 34.7 percent in June 2020.
A correlation is found by researchers between depression and sleep quality under lockdown. A concerning indicator is a preference of ‘eveningness’ (a term that refers to preference to go to sleep and waking later) among the young teenagers, which was previously linked with anxiety and higher prevalence disorders.
Dr. Simon Evans, Lecturer in Neuroscience at the University of Surrey, said: “For many years there has been a rise in the number of young people experiencing problems with their mental health, and it is concerning to find that this has been significantly exacerbated due to Covid-19. Supporting the mental health of young people and ensuring they can access the support they need is vital to ensure their overall well-being. As social restrictions continue in response to the pandemic, we must take steps to protect their mental health.” (Source: directly taken from the paper)
7 Reasons you can restore your Mental Health Well-BEING in Young Adults
To restore what you lost is no easy task. But, you can try to achieve it with your full potential. This month is dedicated to mental health awareness and how to take care of you in a pandemic? Some pointers might help you to gain back the reigns of your mental well-being in young adults:
Go easy: take a breather when needed, don’t be hard on yourself. If you are experiencing low energy and depression, you can always take a step back and lay low, and ways to go easy on yourself.
Stick to a routine: it’s better to stick to a routine no matter how hard it caters to be. Even you are stuck at home or being too lazy to do anything, try to stick to your routine on daily basis regular sleep, school, and meals, etc.
Engage in activities: Though you can’t go out and engage in outdoor activities, you can always try to do it within your house. You can always try your hand in art, making something out of waste material, or better you can try to learn something new or maybe read a book or two.
Exercise: although, in many parts of the world still in lockdown going to the gym is not the right option but, you can do a home workout or yoga. To make you feel stress-free doing some breathing exercise is a go for you.
Take a walk: taking a lazy stroll around your neighbourhood can be more relaxing than you can imagine. (If possible) just remember to avoid overcrowded places.
Write it down: Many of us struggle to express what we feel or how to put our word across. So, if it helps write it down. Don’t huddle the words inside? Just throw them into verses, you want to say or express.
Help others: You are not alone. We are not alone. We all are in this together and if you feel too down or left out try to be a helping hand to someone which ultimately helps you feel better too. You don’t have to help them financially. Just listen to them what they have to say. You might find hope in their words.
Teenage Mental Health Facts
Adolescence is quite a crucial time phase for any young adult (10-19 years). young adults sees multiple physical, emotional and social changes. Exposed to many outer environmental disparities like violence, poverty, social media abuse, cater to many mental health issues. 10%-20% of adolescents globally suffers from mental health issues and lack of mental health awareness source of it all.
- every one in six people suffers from mental health issues, aged between 10-19 years.
- mental health caters to 16% of global burden.
- most of the mental health issues start at age 14, remains undetected.
- depression is one of the leading cause among young adults, globally.
- suicide takes number three spot in death among adolescents .
- lack of mental health awareness and not reporting such issues lead to both physical and mental impairment lack of opportunities to lead a fulfilled life.
The tables can’ct be turned overnight. Everything needs time and place to work upon itself. It is just you have to be more considerate about mental awareness as your priority. Young adults are the strength of any country that they don’t want to be weakened for. The more and more they invest in restoring the mental health awareness among teenagers and young adults better will be the chances of fighting the evil of this stigma.