Mental Health Awareness Month has been observed in the U.S. every May since 1949. This year’s theme is “More than Enough”, providing all of us the opportunity to come together and remember the inherent value we each hold — no matter our diagnosis, appearance, socioeconomic status, background or ability. We want every person out there to know that if all you did was wake up today, that’s more than enough. No matter what, you are inherently worthy of more than enough life, love and healing. Showing up, just as you are, for yourself and the people around you is more than enough. Together, we fight stigma, provide support, educate the public and advocate for policies that support the millions of people in the U.S. affected by mental illness.

A big focus of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Month is on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health. However, it is also important to address the decline in mental health of young people aged 18-25, which has been a growing concern in recent years.

According to a survey conducted by the American Psychological Association, young adults aged 18-25 are experiencing higher levels of stress and anxiety than any other age group. The survey found that 75% of young adults reported experiencing stress in the past month, and 50% reported experiencing symptoms of anxiety or depression.

There are many factors that contribute to the decline in mental health of young people. One of the main factors is the pressure to succeed in school and in their careers. Young adults are often expected to excel in their studies, secure a good job, and start a family, all while maintaining a social life and staying physically fit. This pressure can be overwhelming and can lead to feelings of anxiety and depression.

Another factor that contributes to the decline in mental health of young people is social media. Social media can be a great way to stay connected with friends and family, but it can also be a source of stress and anxiety. Young adults are often bombarded with images of their peers living seemingly perfect lives, which can lead to feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the mental health of young people. The pandemic has disrupted their education, their social lives, and their job prospects. Many young adults are struggling to cope with the uncertainty and isolation that the pandemic has brought.

The decline in mental health of young people has serious consequences. It can lead to poor academic performance, substance abuse, and even suicide. It is important for young adults to take care of their mental well-being by seeking help when needed and practicing self-care.

if you are a young adult or have children aged 18-25 please keep the lines of communication open and don’t be afraid to discuss feelings and find someone you trust to speak to about them. Together, we can help young adults lead happier, healthier lives.

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