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March 2nd is World Teen Mental Wellness Day and here is how we can commemorate

Founded in 2020 by Hollister, World Teen Mental Wellness Day is celebrated on March 2. It’s here to help spread awareness of the mental health problems that teenagers go through worldwide. Its aim is to normalize discussions and eliminate stigmas associated with teen mental health problems.

We’re in a mental health crisis

Teens' mental health is in crisis, according to a 2023 trends report from the American Psychological Association. In the wake of the pandemic and the new stressors and difficulties it brought about, the surgeon general even went so far as to declare a mental health crisis for teenagers. However, according to the APA, problems with children and adolescents in the United States date back much further than COVID-19. Youth mental health can be impacted by a variety of factors, such as stigma, bullying, hunger, violence, and puberty.

Psychologists are working to understand more about what can be done to assist people on a global scale. New recommendations for mental health from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, including regular screenings for anxiety in people aged 8 to 18.

Commemorating the occasion

How to commemorate the day is to make sure to take some time and practice self-care. There are other ways to celebrate as well:

  • Remember that it's acceptable to not be okay, despite what social media may suggest.

  • Break down the taboo surrounding teen mental wellness.

  • Use the hashtag #WorldTeenMentalWellnessDay to share your experience or how you're recharging on Instagram and Twitter.

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