Supporting Teen Mental Health

22 June 2023
Teen Mental Health


Adolescence is a critical stage of development characterized by significant physical, cognitive, and emotional changes. During these critical years, teenagers often face various challenges, such as academic pressures, social relationships, identity formation, and hormonal changes. These factors can contribute to stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues.

Untreated mental health problems can have long-lasting effects on individuals and their overall well-being. Mental health issues can interfere with academic performance, relationships, and future opportunities. Moreover, addressing mental health concerns during adolescence can help prevent or minimize the risk of developing more severe mental health conditions in adulthood.

The Y recognizes the importance of supporting teens and their mental health. By providing safe and inclusive spaces where teens can engage in various activities and interact with their peers, we foster a sense of belonging, promote positive social connections, and reduce feelings of isolation. Our teen-specific fitness programs emphasize the importance of physical activity and recreation as a means to promote overall well-being, including mental health, giving teens an opportunity to engage in sports, fitness activities, and other recreational pursuits.

Through our Teen Leaders Program, the Y actively involves teens in community service projects and volunteer opportunities. Engaging in such activities helps promote a sense of purpose, builds resilience, and fosters connections with others, which can positively impact mental health.

The Y recognizes that supporting teens' mental health is essential for their overall development, and by providing a range of programs, resources, and supportive environments, we can help to address the unique challenges faced by teenagers in our community. 

In the video below, you'll see our Teen Leaders Club members and healthcare professionals share their thoughts on this subject.