This World Mental Health Day the theme is Mental Health in an Unequal World.
Young people have had a tough time during the pandemic and missed out on lots of celebrations, experiences, and opportunities they would otherwise have had. That sense of loss can be hard to process.
We want you to know that whatever you’re feeling right now, it does get better.
One of our Transitional Wellbeing Practitioners at the Mental Wealth Academy shares her personal experience of growing up with feelings of anxiety.
“I was very sheltered as a young person growing up. I think my parents thought this would protect me. All it really did is under prepare me for feelings I experienced as I transitioned into adulthood.
“At age 19 I began to feel anxious. I didn’t know what anxiety was and found the feelings quite overwhelming and scary.
“All feelings are okay and things get better with time.”Transitional Wellbeing Worker
Mental Wealth Academy
“If I could go back to my younger self now, I would say talk to someone about your feelings and try not to get embarrassed about them.
“All feelings are okay and things get better with time. It gets better.”
Being able to recognise a range of emotions and understanding how to manage them is such an important building block for good mental health.
We encourage young people to equip themselves with the right wellbeing knowledge and coping tools, so that they can access emotional support when they need it.
You don’t have to be in crisis to seek support. In fact it’s often better to access it earlier on, before things builds up.
If you’re a young person aged 16-25 experiencing mild-moderate mental health needs, or a family member who would like to support them, you can find out more and make a referral to the Mental Wealth Academy via the link below.