Washington: Three-quarters of parents in a new national poll think peers better understand teen challenges including depression and anxiety, compared to teachers or counsellors in the school. The majority also agree that peer support leaders at school would encourage more teens to talk with someone about their mental health problems.
These are findings to C.S. Mott Children`s Hospital National Poll on Children`s Health at Michigan Medicine.
“Peers may provide valuable support for fellow teens struggling with emotional issues because they can relate to each other,” says Mott Poll Co-Director Sarah Clark, M.P.H.
“Some teens may worry that their parents will overreact or not understand what they`re going through. Teachers and school counsellors may also have limited time to talk with students in the middle of other responsibilities.”
Previous research suggests that as many as half of children and teens who have at least one treatable mental health disorder may not receive treatment due to several barriers. But teens who don`t have a diagnosed condition may still experience occasional problems with emotions, peer and family relationships, anxiety, academic challenges, substance…