My name is Olivia Reichl, and as I am wrapping up my junior year I have been reflecting on my year and have taken this project as an opportunity to learn and grow from my high school experience thus far. When I think about high school the first three words that come to mind are stressful, hard, and rewarding, and I’m sure my views on high school are not far off from others. When thinking about how to catalyze change based off of my experiences, I realized I wanted to make it my duty to educate others on the signs, symptoms, and treatments of anxiety and depression. It’s no secret that high school can bring these mental health issues to light, but learning the right approach early on can make all of the difference. Through my own personal experiences, research, and the stories of others, I hope to help everyone learn a bit more about anxiety and depression in high school, and leave you at ease knowing it’ll all be ok.
Now that you know a little more about signs, symptoms, statistics, and what to look for, here is another interesting approach to why we see such a rise in anxiety and depression among high school students. This TedTalk has a very interesting approach as to why students in high school struggle with anxiety and depression. Although it is somewhat of a longer video the idea of perfectionism and how that affects our mental health is very interesting. As we see many high school students developing anxiety and depression it is worth noting the environment that schools are creating. Have a look for more information.
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Thank you for taking the time to visit my page!! I hope that you were able to learn more about anxiety and depression, while also thinking about ways to make change. From my person experiences in high school and talking to friends I think it is super important to always remember that everybody has their own story. Mental health can be a very touchy subject for many people, so at the end of the day always remember to be friendly and open minded to all. It is also important to know that no matter how small the action, you can make change. Don’t be afraid to get an adult involved, or become involved in a club, or outside of school organization. Mental health is in no way something we should be ashamed of and always remember that. For me, as my call to action I plan to educate anyone and everyone around me on what I have learned these past few months in regards to mental health. I think educating and helping people to better understand anxiety and depression is so important. I also plan to create an action plan that my school can potentially implement into curriculums to help educate high schoolers and incoming high schoolers sooner and more in depth. Again, thank you so much for visiting my page and I hope I can inspire you to educate and create change as well!