Turning wellbeing data into effective interventions
Youth mental health has rapidly declined over the past 20 years. Research shows us that 1 in 6 children between 10-19 years old is experiencing mental health concerns globally. What are the key contributing factors?
- The modern world is ruled by uncertainty: global warming, advancing technology, pandemic and international conflicts are just some of the everyday worries young people need to navigate
- Adolescence developmental challenges: physical and cognitive maturation, constant swaying between needing support and striving for independence, more complex social interactions and perception of self
- The interactions between the internal and external world of adolescents.
It is no surprise then that international schools the world over are experiencing the following wellbeing trends across the student body:
- Increases in student anxiety and low mood as they readjust to a ‘new normal’ post-COVID
- High academic pressure and expectations to access prestigious universities
- Parental pressure on their children to obtain academic success
- High self-imposed pressure to achieve highly in all areas at school
- Low energy levels linked to poor sleep patterns, lack of motivation and overall decline in holistic wellbeing
- Increased presence of suicidal ideation.
The school environment is influential in youth development and can be a prime space for educating and promoting mental health and wellbeing topics. When students feel supported, academic performance, sense of meaning, problem-solving skills, independence and social skills follow. By adopting a whole-school approach to building and supporting social-emotional skills, there are exponential opportunities for positive impacts on student mental health and wellbeing.
All things considered, schools and education facilities have become a focus for early intervention and prevention strategies. So where and how to start?
In this FREE guide, we have outlined a step-by-step approach to student wellbeing that can help you strengthen your understanding of wellbeing in schools and enable you to make an actual difference in your students’ lives. Download the guide by clicking on the image below!