World Teen Mental Wellness Day
annually on March 2nd (since 2020)
Hollister Co. on February 12th, 2020
Hollister Co., a division of Abercrombie & Fitch Co., created World Teen Mental Wellness Day to raise awareness about mental health issues among teens and to provide education about removing stigmas surrounding preventative mental health. With the day, Hollister Co. pledged their support for preventative mental health and self-care for teens across the world. Teens are encouraged to use the day to practice self-care and silence their self-doubt. When they created the day, Hollister also created the Hollister Confidence Project, "a year-round initiative dedicated to promoting confidence and wellness among teens across the globe."
The World Health Organization estimates that 10–20% of adolescents experience mental health conditions, most of which begin by the age of 14 and are undetected and untreated. If not addressed, these mental health issues can follow them into adulthood, impacting physical and mental health and narrowing their opportunities for leading a fulfilling life. Adolescents face physical, social, and emotional changes that make them more vulnerable to mental health issues. Poverty, violence, and abuse can all affect mental health.
There are a number of mental health conditions that teens face. Emotional disorders include depression and anxiety. Those with emotional disorders may also experience excessive irritability, frustration, anger, mood changes, and emotional outbursts. Some common behavioral disorders are attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and conduct disorder. Eating disorders related to mental health include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder.
Some other mental health conditions include risking-taking behaviors like substance abuse and sexual risk-taking and psychosis-like hallucinations and delusions. The most serious issue related to mental health is suicide, which is the third leading cause of death for those between the age of 15 and 19. All of these conditions illustrate the need to raise awareness about teen mental health, which Word Teen Mental Wellness Day does today.
How to Observe World Teen Mental Wellness Day
Teens are encouraged to practice self-care and to work to remove their self-doubt. Hollister Co. has recommended using tools like exercise, meditation, and music to improve mental health. Teens are invited to share on Twitter and Instagram how they'll recharge on the day. In the past, money has been donated to the Hollister Confidence Project for posts that use the hashtag #WorldTeenMentalWellnessDay. No matter if you are a teen or adult, you can follow Hollister on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to stay up to date on information related to the day, and you can learn more about and participate in the Hollister Confidence Project.