Lately a number of sports figures have been coming forward about their struggles with mental health. Now an opinion piece in the News Herald feels that mental health should be just as important a consideration as first aid standards.
*As Chris Lillstrung writes, “For all the attention paid – and rightfully so – to injury diagnosis to vital portions of the body, on paper it still doesn’t fully protect the head and the heart. Mental health awareness should be a much more mandatory piece of that framework.”
*In high school, it can be harder to talk about anxieties and mental health issues, but adults feel the stigma surrounding mental health as well. In sports, vulnerability can be seen as weakness, but in discussing mental health, high schoolers especially should feel open to talk about their feelings, especially if they may need mens or womens mental health treatment centers.
*The figures are rising for teens. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America estimates that from ages 13-18, one in four teens have anxiety, and almost 6% of them have severe cases of it. Depression has also gone up in teens from 5.9% to 8.2% in less than five years. Over 1.7 million teens who have had “major depressive episodes” were not treated.
*And one of the most startling statistics, Lillstrung writes, is that “of the 51 governing bodies for high school sports – only Idaho, Massachusetts, Oregon and Wisconsin have space devoted on their websites to resources for mental health, up to and including suicide prevention.” It’s clear that more than ever the stigma should be lifted for mental health in teens, and hopefully more won’t feel afraid to seek help when they need it.