Mental Health Issues Cannot Be Ignored – If You're A Parent, It's On You To Realize That

Mental Health Issues Cannot Be Ignored – If You're A Parent, It's On You To Realize That

When you go to a doctor because your arm hurts or you are having trouble breathing, it is seen as normal.


When you go to a doctor because your arm hurts or you are having trouble breathing, it is seen as normal. You have no problem telling your friends or colleagues that your arm is broken or that you have asthma. But what about when your brain hurts? What about when all you can think about is how no one cares about you or how you feel worthless or all the ways to kill yourself? Your brain is also a part of your body but why do parents hide it when they have to take their children to a therapist or psychologist? Why is it so shameful that you have to hide your mental health issues from your friends?

Teens and young adults find it so embarrassing to have a mental health issue that they hide it from even their parents! They put themselves into these miserable little worlds where negativity constantly swirls around them. They are too scared to ask for help! They feel like it makes them weak.

But that is so wrong! It takes guts to talk about your feelings. It takes courage to let people see what's inside your mind.

Another major issue present in the context of mental health is that parents, predominately those who have grown up in countries in which mental health is never taught, like Africa and India, don't see the dangers of depression and anxiety. They don't see what the big deal is when their child comes up to them, after spending days building the courage, to tell them that they feel sad and ugly. The parents tend to respond with "You're sad? Darling, don't be! And you're not ugly!" They weren't taught the right ways to deal with these sensitive issues.

When your child comes up to you and tells you they feel sad and ugly, you need to sit them down and have them talk to you. You NEED to explain to them that they are not weird or weak or broken. You need to ask them how long they have been feeling the way they are feeling right now. You need to get them the help they need.

Because if you don' may lose them.

As the new generation of young adults, it is our job to treat mental health issues with the same empathy and normality we would any physical illness. We must teach our parents as well as the new youth that mental health is very important and very real. And lastly, we must grow to be the parents who create environments for our children in which they are comfortable to talk about their feelings and emotions.

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10 Bible Verses for Self Esteem

Sometimes you need to search for inner strength and find your own self worth.

We all get those days that we just don't feel good enough for anything. Everything is going wrong. For me, I go to the bible to read the words of God. His personal dialog for us is filled with encouragement, hope, and lessons we can learn from. Here are my top ten verses that are uplifting and impacting when at the lowest of lows:

1. Philippians 4:13:

I can do all things in Him who strengthens me.

2. Psalm 46:5

God is within her, she will not fall.

3. Proverbs 31:25

She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.

4. Psalm 28:76

The Lord is my strength and my shield.

5. 1 Corinthians 25:10

By the grace of God, I am what I am.

6. Romans 5:8

I loved you at your darkest.

7. Psalm 62:5-6

Only God gives inward peace, and I depend on Him. God alone is the mighty rock that keeps me safe, and he is the fortress where I feel secure.

8. 2 Timothy 1:7

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.

9. 1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

10. 2 Chronicles 20:15

The battle is not ours, but God's.

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I Chose Babysitting Over Retail And Will Never Regret Taking Care Of 'My Kids'

Children have taught me so much about myself.


Babysitting just sounds like a high school thing. Like something you do a few days after school or on occasional weekends when your parents are pressing you to get a job but nowhere seems to be hiring. So why not watch some kids for a few hours a week? It pays well (usually) and it's easy (sometimes).

Maybe not right now, but a lot of us will want a family of our own one day.

Did you ever think about what you are going to do when a baby is placed in your lap and you suddenly become permanently responsible for someone other than yourself? First-time parents are learning every day. It's like switching your major from journalism to biomedical science. Those who've experienced children through babysitting will always have the upper hand, a little bit of background skill.

What I've learned from babysitting is that no child is the same. Each child I've babysat comes from a different family with a different dynamic and a different set of rules. Therefore, how could every child act the same?

It's easy to get mad when they're stubborn or don't listen. But how can you blame them? You have no idea what happens in their home when you leave to make it to that party you thought you were going to miss.

The children I've babysat have taught me just as much, if not more than I feel I've taught them in the short time I've had them. Kids are kids, every age group is a different version of annoying, I know, I get it. But every now and then, if you just stop and listen to what they have to say, they will surprise you every time.

Not only are kids funny, but they've had me on the ground laughing out loud, thinking, "How did that sentence just come out of a three-year-old's mouth?" The pure mispronouncing of words and insertion of quotes they must've heard on television — it's all an expression of how their brains are understanding the world and it's really quite amazing.

But every once in a while, that three-year-old will tell you something that completely baffles you.

Something about life or about the world that makes so much sense and is explained so simply, it makes us adults look stupid. That is why I love kids. They have this unique ability to teach us a thing or two about how we should be acting and how we should be treating one another.

Over the past six years, I've been peed on, fallen asleep on and creamsicle dripped on. I've had shoes thrown at me while I'm driving, I've dealt with a little boy's bloody fist after it punched a hole through a glass window.

Temper tantrums and breakdowns aside, the hardest part about babysitting is leaving.

When the end of the summer rolls around and it's time to move back into your college apartment, the hardest thing you will do is say goodbye to those kids that called you "Miss Renee" 45 hours a week, for three months. Those kids looked up to you as a role model. They didn't see you as the broke college student who needed a way to fund her senior year and pay off her credit card debt. By the end of the summer, they become so much more than that.

Those were "you're kids" no matter how many times you had to explain yourself to the moms on the playground when they told you your kids were adorable.

You'll never be able to get them out of your head, their little voices singing along to the "Lion King" soundtrack in the backseat on the way home from the pool. All the times they made you laugh, in ways your friends could never replicate. Babysitting is so important. It teaches you about yourself in ways you'll only understand when it's over. It gives you a glimpse into the future but also a look into the past — your past.

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