How to help kids struggling with mental health issues

How to help kids struggling with mental health issues

Did you know that 60% of South Africa's youth needed mental health support over the last year?

The 10th of October is World Mental Health Day.

Every year, the stigma surrounding mental health issues is reduced but there is still a long way to go.

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Your mental health is important every single day of the year, but some days are tougher than others.

Some individuals are also facing a constant struggle trying to cope with diseases such as depression and anxiety.

While many of us would like to think that kids, teenagers and other youths have it easy and don't have to deal with as much stress as adults do, they do have their own concerns.

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In 2023, kids are facing new challenges that older generations have never had to consider such as cyberbullying and the other negative effects social media can have.

With exams and other end-of-the-year stresses creeping closer, we want to help parents, guardians or any other adults who want to be a safe space for kids who might be struggling.

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Speaking to Toby Fricker, Chief of Communication & Partnerships at UNICEF South Africa, he provided some important and educational answers, as well as some tools for adults looking to help the youth.

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