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how to overcome high school, the silent producer of anxiety and depression

My name is Olivia Reichl, and as I am wrapping up my junior year I have been reflecting on my year and have taken this project as an opportunity to learn and grow from my high school experience thus far. When I think about high school the first three words that come to mind are stressful, hard, and rewarding, and I’m sure my views on high school are not far off from others. When thinking about how to catalyze change based off of my experiences, I realized I wanted to make it my duty to educate others on the signs, symptoms, and treatments of anxiety and depression. It’s no secret that high school can bring these mental health issues to light, but learning the right approach early on can make all of the difference. Through my own personal experiences, research, and the stories of others, I hope to help everyone learn a bit more about anxiety and depression in high school, and leave you at ease knowing it’ll all be ok.

Now that you know a little more about signs, symptoms, statistics, and what to look for, here is another interesting approach to why we see such a rise in anxiety and depression among high school students. This TedTalk has a very interesting approach as to why students in high school struggle with anxiety and depression. Although it is somewhat of a longer video the idea of perfectionism and how that affects our mental health is very interesting. As we see many high school students developing anxiety and depression it is worth noting the environment that schools are creating. Have a look for more information.

QUIZ TIME: If you answered yes to 2 or more of the questions on the quiz, keep scrolling to learn more about how you can make change

Here’s how you can start to make changes!

Thank you for taking the time to visit my page!! I hope that you were able to learn more about anxiety and depression, while also thinking about ways to make change. From my person experiences in high school and talking to friends I think it is super important to always remember that everybody has their own story. Mental health can be a very touchy subject for many people, so at the end of the day always remember to be friendly and open minded to all. It is also important to know that no matter how small the action, you can make change. Don’t be afraid to get an adult involved, or become involved in a club, or outside of school organization. Mental health is in no way something we should be ashamed of and always remember that. For me, as my call to action I plan to educate anyone and everyone around me on what I have learned these past few months in regards to mental health. I think educating and helping people to better understand anxiety and depression is so important. I also plan to create an action plan that my school can potentially implement into curriculums to help educate high schoolers and incoming high schoolers sooner and more in depth. Again, thank you so much for visiting my page and I hope I can inspire you to educate and create change as well!

Works Cited:

www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/any-anxiety-disorder.shtml.

www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/resolution-not-conflict/201806/high-school-and-college-student-anxiety-why-the-epidemic.

www.ted.com/talks/thomas_curran_our_dangerous_obsession_with_perfectionism_is_getting_worse.

www.youthbeyondblue.com/get-involved-and-help-others/connect-with-others/personal-stories.

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COMMENTS: 9
  1. April 25, 2019 by Annabel.Sumardi Reply

    Olivia,
    Your presentation topic is extremely relevant to today, and I can definitely see students and peers around me struggling with anxiety or depression. I think it’s really good that you addressed the topic, and your webpage was super engaging. I love the use of the audio clip, it was a nice personal touch! What does your plan look like that will incorporate mental health into the high school curriculum? It sounds like a great idea

    • April 30, 2019 by Olivia Reichl Reply

      Thank you for visiting my page! In my curriculum I plan to work closely with the mental health club at my school and hopefully teach them more about what I have learned so far!

  2. April 26, 2019 by Janina.Troper Reply

    Hi Olivia! Great job on your presentation. You address an extremely relevant topic with sensitivity and strong knowledge. I really like the idea of a quiz since it helps engage your audience and make them question their own knowledge. I wonder what you think schools can do to support their students struggling with anxiety and depression? Thanks for sharing!

    • April 30, 2019 by Olivia Reichl Reply

      Thank you for visiting my page! I really think that schools just need to be more aware of what their students are struggling with. I feel like often times they just don’t think anything is wrong when that isn’t the case. I hope to further educate administration and adults in my community about how they can help us as students.

  3. April 26, 2019 by Mai Reply

    Hi Olivia! I love how I feel like your voice really shows through with your project (literally) and even through plain text. It shows your concern for the topic you chose and not only that but the fact you chose to focus on the aspects of it that are of most value among our youth today. As for action plans for your school, have you thought of perhaps giving talks? You’re a very good speaker 🙂

    • April 30, 2019 by Olivia Reichl Reply

      Thank you so much, that’s so nice! I would love to give more talks which is partially what I plan to do. I really am just aiming to further educate my community on anxiety and depression since it is so prevalent.

  4. April 28, 2019 by Jaedon Wong Reply

    Olivia,
    Your presentation was amazing! This topic is so important today and I feel that you have been effectively able to raise awareness about mental health among teenagers today. I also really liked the images and statistics you included. All in all, I find it very cool that you are taking the initiative to help your peers overcome depression and anxiety and you will help many! Thanks for sharing.

  5. April 29, 2019 by Inês Reis Reply

    Hey Olivia! I loved your project —I actually did a similar one. This is such a relevant topic in today’s world and more people need to be aware of this issue. You said you are planning to create an action plan that your school can potentially implement into curriculums to help educate high schoolers and incoming high schoolers sooner and more in-depth. How exactly are you planning on doing this? What would your action plan look like?

  6. April 30, 2019 by Olivia Reichl Reply

    Thank you for visiting my page! In my curriculum I plan to work closely with the mental health club at my school and hopefully teach them more about what I have learned so far!

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