As National Suicide Prevention Month comes to a close, it’s important that we don’t stop talking about mental health awareness even after September is over. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 16 percent of teens in grades 9-12 have seriously considered suicide. More than one million people in the world commit suicide each year. That’s why this news is so important: a professor from York University’s psychology department is calling for more attention to perfectionism as a risk factor for suicide.
Archive | September, 2014
If your teen needs some extra motivation to go for a run, consider this new research. Physical exercise helps protect the brain from stress-induced depression, according to Science Daily. Researchers in Sweden found that exercise causes changes in the skeletal muscles of mice that remove substances from the blood that accumulate during stress.
Sure, you’ve heard about the benefits of fruits and vegetables in your diet plenty of times. While you know they’re good for your physical health, did you know they improve mental health as well? Just another reason to pick up that apple or pack of carrot sticks! New research suggests that mental well-being is associated with an individual’s fruit and vegetable consumption. According to a study, 33.5 percent of participants with high mental well-being ate five or more fruits and vegetable servings a day.
A few weeks ago, we shared Samantha’s story — about a teen whose sister has Amniotic Band Syndrome and how she’s been inspired by her younger sibling. In this week’s Teen Flaunt, there’s a similar theme. Britanie Montero reflects on what it’s like growing up with a sister with Down syndrome. Although she says it’s not the easiest situation, Britanie has no complaints.
We know teens need their sleep. It gives them energy, improves their moods, and helps ward off health issues like heart disease or obesity. But according to a recent study published in the scientific journal Sleep Medicine, sleep can make a difference in the classroom as well. The study, conducted by Department of Neuroscience researchers from Uppsala Universitet in Uppsala County, Sweden, sampled data from over 20,000 students between the ages of 12 and 19. The study found that if students experienced “inadequate sleep” (categorized as frequent sleep disturbance or […]
As we’ve written about in the past, depression is something that affects many teens. It’s also oftentimes a topic that isn’t discussed as openly as it should be. Further proving the importance of discussing mental health, a new study suggests that talking to teens about depression before they start high school can have a positive impact. Research looked at the effects of a low-cost, one-time educational intervention where teens learned about personality changes and depression symptoms. Teens who attended these interventions were less likely to experience depressive symptoms, even when they were bullied.
In most high schools, Homecoming is something to look forward to each fall. Sometimes it may seem like a bit of a popularity contest, since there is such an emphasis placed on the titles of Homecoming King and Queen. Disproving such stereotypes of shallowness, a Texas teen did something inspiring when she won at her high school. When Anahi Alvarez was named Homecoming Queen at Grand Prairie High School, she gave the crown to a bullied friend instead, according to HuffPost Teen.
You know that old saying parents throw around about how you shouldn’t follow the crowd? Something like, “If your friends did XYZ (ridiculous thing), would you?” While following in your friends’ footsteps sounds like a bad idea in that case, it can actually have its upsides. According to a new study, teens who surround themselves with smart, high-achieving teammates are more likely to succeed themselves.
Researchers at Brigham Young University spent four years investigating high school activities and the effects they have on students. They found that being part of a club or team that gets good grades can double a student’s likelihood of going to college.
Starting high school is a nerve-wracking experience for anyone, but it’s especially intimidating if you stand out from your peers. Roxanne Bayer knows firsthand. When she began 8th grade, she was super excited, but it didn’t go quite as planned. In her Teen Flaunt essay, the 18-year-old reflects on her journey toward self-acceptance, and she tells us exactly what it was like to feel so different from other students. Since she’s from Windhoek, the largest city in Namibia (South Africa), her darker skin made her feel insecure.
The bond between a mentor and mentee is extremely valuable. While this is something heard over and over again, there’s actually scientific research to back it up. According to North Carolina State University, young people who have mentors are more likely to find work early on that gives them more responsibility and autonomy. Thinking long-term, this puts them on the path to more successful careers.