I watched an interesting yet emotive documentary on TV last week reporting on two teenage girls who tragically self-harmed. There is always a root problem for why girls are self-harming, which may not be obvious even to the most diligent of parents.
As usual I took copious notes but was moved and focused by ‘a experts’ view on what is causing stress amongst teenagers. He said quite succintly:-
‘Teenagers are a mirror of society and society is in distress’
We can of course view this as negative but ignoring the facts won’t help teens of today. The pace of life is faster and great pressure is put on them to succeed. For all their advantages and amazing technology at the touch of finger they are not happy. Indeed technolog,y as I often write, brings new ways of being bullied and is responsible for lower self-esteem particularly in girls.
Keep the lines of communication open with this troubled generation they need our support and understanding more than most of us realise.