Understanding the Importance of Teenage Mental Health


Aubrey Bannasch, Staff Writer

Students’ mental health is a major issue in today’s society. From depression to anxiety students face it all. According to CDC.gov one third of high school students struggle with their mental health. 

Mental health is a major struggle and according to Who.int, “It is estimated that 3.6% of 10-14 year-olds and 4.6% of 15-19 year-olds experience an anxiety disorder. Depression is estimated to occur among 1.1% of adolescents aged 10-14 years and 2.8% of 15-19-year-olds.” 

Depression and anxiety portray themselves through similar symptoms, one of which includes rapid mood changes.  It affects how teenagers think, feel and behave and can cause emotional, functional and physical problems.

As a student it is not healthy for your mood to fluctuate so frequently. It can affect your grades and overall mindset during the school day. Mental health struggles can stop you from completing assignments and activities that allow you to succeed in class.  

Some resources and coping mechanisms to assist students struggling with their mental health consist of the following: online therapy, in-school counseling, taking time away from social media, keeping yourself busy, setting a schedule and doing your best everyday.  Make sure to stay conscious of others around you who could be battling their own mental health issues. Also, watch out for signs of a persistent feeling of sadness and a loss of interest in activities.

If you think someone you know may be struggling with their mental health make sure to reach out so they can get the help they may need. If you are personally struggling with your mental health be sure to call the Mental Health Hotline, 988. Nobody should ever feel alone, it is okay to not be okay.