Two things have sparked my writing this post: 1) my post called Prepare ahead for the sad times has had over 4,200 views, and 2) Sept 5’s Maclean’s magazine’s front cover is called The Mental Health Crisis on Campus.
Have sadness and depression increased a lot in recent years? or is it that mental health is now getting more press so people are more aware of it?
The Maclean’s story says this:
- … a quarter of university-age Canadians will experience a mental health problem, most often stress, anxiety or depression.
- About 51 per cent reported that, within the past 12 months, they’d “felt things were hopeless.”
- At Queen’s… A discussion paper, delivered in June, offered a range of reasons students are grappling with mental health problems: everything from the stress of moving away from home, to academic demands, social pressures, parents’ expectations, and a looming recognition of the tough job market awaiting them.
It is concerning to read the Maclean’s article. Young people certainly do have lots of new pressures as they leave highschool and need to figure out who they are and what they will do in life. Many probably do not have the self-awareness of their emotions or have the coping skills to manage – such as practicing meditation or mindfulness. Mindfulness-based stress reduction has been proven to reduce stress.
2 days ago our dear friends’ 18-year old daughter who just started college told me she wants to learn meditation so she can start developing these skills early in life – what insight for a young woman!
I am a believer that if anyone thinks they may have depression, that they should seek help and not worry about what anyone may think about it. Everyone has ups and downs in life, and in our busy lives stuff happens. There is a lot for all of us to deal with these days.
My regular readers know that this blog is about sharing ways to cultivate joy in a western lifestyle – the 2 key words here are joy and cultivate. Joy doesn’t usually just fall into our lap; we need to be aware to notice it and seek it. This takes cultivation and intention. I teach my meditation students that building resiliency with meditation and mindfulness are key life skills – you can then weather the storms that life may throw at you.
If you have read this entire post, thank you. Please practice self-care and help anyone around you who needs it.