02 November 2022

Prioritising good mental health among adolescents and their caregivers

[SCROLL DOWN TO WATCH VIDEO] How many of us remember our teen years – a time of excitement for sure. Hopefully it brings good memories of friendships made, great adventures and the energy of being youthful and hopeful. However, we may also recall the challenges of growing up - increasing responsibilities, school stress and conflicts with friends…, Creating a safe space for adolescents is key, In addition to the session with parents, facilitators engaged adolescents and were able to help them work through some of the stress they face in relating to their parents and family members. Facilitator, Rory Roberts, Manager of the adolescent-friendly Teen Hub in the Half-Way-Tree Transport Centre noted that: “The main issue adolescents go…, Focus on what’s happening with their mental health, Anna-Kay Magnus Watson, Senior Education Officer, Health and Family Life Education (HFLE) unit at the Ministry of Education and Youth spoke to the need for a stronger focus on adolescent mental health: “Some of the challenges that we see with adolescents in relation to mental health, especially in light of what has been happening with COVID-19,…, Adolescent needs can be complex, Norda Spencer Dekid, Regional Nursing Supervisor at the North Eastern Regional Health Authority (NERHA) also noted that health care workers have a critical role to play in providing safe spaces: “There are certain good standard practices that are normally done in going about adolescent services. The needs of adolescents are multifactorial and…, What’s UNICEF doing?, A total of 25 healthcare and education professionals participated in a workshop where they learned to use the Helping Adolescents Thrive intervention tools, which are aimed at ensuring more support for adolescents and their mental health. The methodology also prioritizes support to parents so that they are able to manage their own mental well-…