Teen Advocacy: Mental Health Awareness by Yzzabella

Sometimes being a friend just means being there to listen.

“Live with a greater significance than achievements, accolades, or an impressive bio.” -@timtebow

What does this mean to me? Being a teen is not easy. You are continuously surrounded by different types of pressure. I personally try to always give my best in whatever I do. I want to achieve something that will not only benefit me but also my fellow teens as well as my community. To me, it is more than just the feeling of fulfilment for having achieved something. It is more on doing what I can do to give back to my community.

That is the reason why I wanted to join #pbbkumuteens. I wanted to use that platform to spread #mentalhealthawareness among the teens especially in the Philippines. I have noticed that to these days, talking about mental illness is still a taboo among #Filipinos. It shouldn’t be. It is critical that we allow those people suffering especially the teens to talk about their condition without #prejudice.

I watched Ms. @piawurtzbach ‘s @ted talk about the same issue. It was a blessing that I was prompted by my phone to her video because we share the same thought. We need to help make people aware that #depression, #bipolar disorder and other #mentalhealth problems exist. We should not dismiss the topic when people talk about it. We should support those individuals who suffer in silence.

Here in the U.S., we have everything that we need for support. Everyone have access to it. In some countries, professional support is not available for everyone. What the families can do to help is as simple as listening and being there for their loved one. Do not dismiss their issues when they open up.

Make them feel that they are being heard. Be genuinely interested in knowing and learning more about their mental health issues. Learn ways to support them. You can do a lot to help.

We need to think beyond ourselves. We need to care for everyone else in this world. Together we can all make a difference.  #inclusion #teentalk #tedtalk

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