The global pandemic is having an impact on our adolescents with many being forced to miss out on so many rites of passage. Some may become more anxious or depressed which is completely understandable given the current situation.  If your teen displays any unusual behaviour that lasts for more than 2-3 weeks, it may be a cause for concern. Research shows there are specific risk factors that increase the likelihood of teenagers developing a mental health problem. Some are set in stone, whilst others are modifiable. Adolescents are considered to be more at risk of anxiety and depression disorders which may affect their mood, thinking and behaviour. It can impact their ability to function and perform normal activities. It is therefore vitally important for adult carers to remain vigilant during this time for any signs of distress, even though your teen may not have any prior history of a mental health disorder. Early intervention, diagnosis and treatment are more important than ever. In the current climate, one useful thing you can do is help your teen focus on the things that he/she can control –– such as learning, diet, exercise and sleep. In SchoolTV’s Special Report, adult carers are provided with a checklist that can be used as a guide in determining if there is any cause for concern. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this Special Report. Here is the link to your special report.

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