Being a parent during the digital age is not as easy as you think. Yes, having a cell phone and social media makes it easier to track them, but many times they take refuge by sharing their personal woes and feelings online. In fact, more and more teens are opening up about their mental health on social media and it’s something parents need to take notice.
A study in Pediatrics found that more teens and young adults are experiencing depression, a rate that’s increased by 37% for adolescents between 2005 and 2014. New research suggests that more and more teens and young adults are dealing with emotional and mental health issues now more than ever.
In fact, mental health advocates encourage it in order to reduce the stigma that exists when it comes to talking about everyday struggles people face with depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders.
Tumblr, for example, created a campaign called Post-It Forward, which encourages people to talk openly about their struggles and learn about “caring communities right on the other side of the screen.”
Two decades ago young people focused their stresses and anxieties inside a journal, but today that journal has become open with the push of a button, where people are able to reach others that share the same issues they do.