In response to data detailing increased feelings of anxiety and depression among youth in our local community, our students developed a mental health promotion project in the form of “Bad Day Boxes”. Youth prepared boxes filled with tools, resources, fidget rings, and other items (i.e. Calm Strips, "Sati" deep breathing device (designed by our youth and 3D printed in-house), crisis lines, encouraging message, etc.) in effort to promote positive mental health and coping skills when youth in the community are experiencing a bad day. Approximately 375 boxes were placed in local schools and the library for youth to take. All boxes made were quickly picked up.
Anger is a natural human emotion
Teenagers and anger often go hand in hand due to the challenges and emotional changes they experience during adolescence. Anger is a natural human emotion and can serve as a powerful motivator for change. However, if not managed properly, it can lead to harmful consequences.
During adolescence, teenagers face a myriad of stressors, including academic pressures, hormonal fluctuations, social challenges, and the search for identity. These factors can contribute to heightened emotions and increased instances of anger. It is essential for teenagers to understand and recognize their anger triggers, as well as learn healthy ways to express and manage their anger.
Anxiety makes you believe that all your worst fears are true. It takes your doubts, insecurities and negative thoughts and makes them real. But this reality is only in your mind and not true at all. It affects the way you perceive the world and people around you by interpreting events and situations through this sense of false reality.
For example, for teens- anxiety might tell them that they are not good enough, they don't belong, that no one likes them, that they are alone, that they will fail, and/or that they are not worth it. None of these statements are true - anxiety is lying to you and making it seem real.
an anxiety disorder*
1 in 3
of all adolescents ages 13 to 18 will experience anxiety
experienced a major depressive episode in the last year*
1 in 5
of all adolescents ages 13 to 18 have symptoms of depression.
Teen depression is a serious mental health disorder that affects many adolescents. It is among the most common kind of adolescent mental health issue, next to anxiety disorders.It is characterized by persistent sadness, feelings of hopelessness, and a loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyable. Symptoms may also include changes in appetite, sleep patterns, and energy levels. Factors that contribute to teen depression may include genetics, environmental factors, and imbalances in brain chemistry. Untreated depression can lead to serious consequences, including self-harm and suicide. It is important for parents, caregivers, and educators to recognize the signs of teen depression and seek professional help. Effective treatments include therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes.
TURN UP THE VOLUME
For Phase 2 of Music is the Antidote we have curated special playlists based on common emotions that teens struggle with; such as anxiety, anger & depression. We have included songs, podcasts and meditations to soothe your soul.
Look for each special edition vinyl record in the limited edition boxes.