Dan Scholz, LCSW, Clinical Director at LifeLine Utah joined us in studio as part of our You Are Not Alone partnership.
Dan says youth today are facing significant difficulties that cause challenges to their mental and emotional health.
This can result in emotional or behavioral issues including: substance use, self harm, chronic depression, suicidal tendencies, etc.
Core issues include:
Identity and self esteem issues
Grief and loss
There are some skills parents can learn to help youth be resilient to deal with these challenges.
Resilience Parenting Includes:
Prepare the child for the path and not the path for the child
Instill healthy cognitive beliefs from a young age
Encourage youth embrace the growth that comes with challenges
Help teens build an identity through activity and social support
Empower children to deal with problems when possible
Establish a home that is supportive and loving
Dan also shared some statistics about bullying.
•More than one out of every five (20.8%) students report being bullied.
•64% of children who were bullied did not report it; only 36% reported the bullying.
•more than half of bullying situations (57%) stop when a peer intervenes on behalf of the student being bullied.
•the reasons for being bullied reported most often by students were looks (55%), body shape(37%), and race (16%).
For more information please visit lifelineutah.com or call them at 801-936-4000.
You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text "TALK" 50 741741.