World Teen Mental Wellness Day takes place on March 2nd of every year. The day encourages people to increase awareness and break the stigma around mental health, while providing support and resources for teens who may be struggling. This event is increasingly important in a time where teens are experiencing heightened levels of stress, anxiety, and depression due to the pressures of school, family, and society.

The Importance of World Teen Mental Wellness Day

World Teen Mental Wellness Day is so important because it helps to raise awareness of teen mental health issues and encourages important conversations around these topics. Mental health issues in teens are often overlooked or misunderstood, which can lead to feelings of isolation and low self-esteem. The day not only provides an opportunity to learn more about these topics but also encourages teens to be proactive in their mental health by learning the skills and resilience needed to cope with life’s challenges. It also allows teens to connect with others who may be struggling with similar issues, which can provide a sense of community and support.

The Challenges Faced By Teens Today

Today, teens face a wide range of unique challenges that can have a profound effect on their mental health. Many teens feel pressure to succeed in school and to participate in extracurricular activities, while at the same time they are struggling to balance the responsibilities of family and friends. They are also bombarded by social media, which can lead to feelings of anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. Teens may also be struggling with substance abuse, bullying, or other traumatic experiences. All of these factors can affect their mental health and well-being, making it essential to provide teens with the tools and resources they need to cope with these challenges.

Statistics shows that ADHD, anxiety problems, behavior problems, and depression are the most diagnosed mental disorders in children. Estimates for ever having a diagnosis among children aged 3-17 years, in 2016-19, are given below:

    • ADHD 9.8% (approximately 6.0 million)
    • Anxiety 9.4% (approximately 5.8 million)
    • Behavior problems 8.9% (approximately 5.5 million)
    • Depression 4.4% (approximately 2.7 million)

Strategies for Improving Teen Mental Wellness

There are a variety of strategies that can be used to improve teen mental wellness. One key strategy is providing education and information about mental health, which can reduce the stigma surrounding these issues and make it easier for teens to access support and guidance. It is also important for teens to have access to mental health care professionals, such as psychologists or counselors. Regular check-ins with a mental health professional can help teens to identify any underlying issues or areas of concern and to work on strategies for coping.

I recall this day as if it was yesterday, after my daughter shared with us that she has been suffering from Panic Attacks I got online that night and started searching for some help.  I came across Austin Therapy for Girls website.  This was heaven sent, a therapy center that specializes in girls and young women.  Each therapist (female) works closely with their patients and caregivers.  Not only was my daughter suffering from Panic Attacks, but my husband and I also must learn what to look for, and how to help her cope outside of therapy.  Not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to have access to a mental health professional.  I found through my journey that most therapist don’t take private health insurance.  It was one setback after another for me.  I felt like we pay for private health insurance, but we can’t use it when we need to.  I was so lucky to come across Austin Therapy for Girls Website and Dr. Sarah Joyner.  My daughter is building a relationship with Sarah, that is a safe space for her to learn how to navigate and process her anxiety disorder.

If you are seeking help and support from a mental health provider below is a list and a place to start:

Austin Therapy for Girls

Austin Teen Therapy

Teen Therapy-Colors Austin


Out Youth

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (U.S.): 1-800-273-8255

Kamisha York
Hey yall!! I’m Kamisha York (called Misha for short). I was born in Georgia but raised in Texas, married to my husband Wesley and mom to my three beautiful children Jayden (22), Wesley Jr. (18), and Peyton (16). I am the Executive Director of Peyton’s Allergy Shield of Hope, a 501 (c) (3) that my husband and I started in honor of our 14-year-old daughter to advocate and educate for those living with food allergies. On any given day you will find me volunteering for my daughters’ high school for the cheer booster club or racing to watching my two sons on the football field or basketball court at their high school and Texas Tech University. In my free time I love to listen to audible books, bake, and blog about how my husband and I navigate our crazy life with 3 kids and navigating our lives to accommodate our daughters multiple food allergies at


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