Although life is always filled with uncertainty, the levels we are currently experiencing are unprecedented and immense. It appears that snap lockdowns and tighter restrictions may be with us for some time and this is taking a toll on our young people who are increasingly challenged by mental health issues.
With continued disruptions to education and isolation from peers and family, mental health concerns are on the rise and it is evident that many young people may need some extra support to achieve their goals. Adult carers can help instil hope in such times of uncertainty by ensuring young people remain connected with their social networks, encouraging them to see life as it is and focussing more on the things they can control, rather than those they can’t.
Over the centuries, the human race has faced significant adversity for prolonged periods of time and often emerged stronger and more determined. Therefore, it’s important not to give up hope and remain optimistic. By keeping the lines of communication open and listening, parents can help young people reframe their worries and put the disruptions into perspective. It’s important young people make a conscious effort to focus on the good bits, rather than fill in the blanks with catastrophic narratives.
If your young person has concerns or feels they want to talk to someone outside of the family unit, encourage them to call Kidsline on 0800 543 754 or Youthline on 0800 376 633.