Youth & Mental Health

Self-care tips: We are here to support youth mental health!

Having strong mental health is key to the healthy development and wellbeing of every youth. Youth need strong mental health – not only to be able to deal with challenges and adapt to change, but so they are confident about themselves, build healthy relationships with others, and enjoy life.

Youth’s mental health can be influenced by many things, like family circumstances, school life, life events, and worldwide issues.

Here are some things you can try that may help to look after your mental health and wellbeing:

1. Do things with others. Spending time with family or friends, meeting new people and getting involved in activities can make a difference to how you feel. Get involved in community activities, kick around the soccer ball, go for a bike ride etc.

2. Do something creative.  Activities or hobbies can keep you distracted, have a positive impact on your sense of mental health and wellbeing and can help increase your confidence and self-esteem. This could be building something, playing an instrument, gardening, creating arts and crafts, doing a puzzle, painting, cooking, writing etc.

3. Invest time in relationships. Connecting with people and investing in good relationships is important for your mental health. Get in touch with people who you trust or feel good around. Give them a call, send them a message or organize to catch-up with them.

4. Sleep well. We cannot function properly without sleep. Sleep helps us to repair and restore our bodies and minds. Try these tips from the Sleep Health Foundation for guidance on how to get a better night’s sleep.

5. Get active. Your physical health plays a key role in keeping you mentally healthy. Being physically active can improve your mood and reduces stress.

6. Eat well. Nutrition and eating well can make a difference to the way you feel and in turn may improve your mental health.

7. Mindfulness. Mindfulness is about being in the present (i.e not dwelling on the past or worrying about the future). It can help you feel better, reduce stress and improve your wellbeing which in turn has shown to have many health benefits.

Additional Resources For You and Your Family:

Pediatric Mental Health Symptom Checklist – Youth Report
Pediatric Mental Health Symptom Checklist – Parent Test