Common Issues Teens Deal With

Youth Issues Matter

We understand that life as a young person can sometimes be overwhelming. With all the changes happening around them, it can be challenging to navigate through it all. Sometimes, it can be beneficial to seek support, even if your child might not know they need it. 

Here, we’ll discuss some common issues that youths face and the resources available in Calgary if someone you care about needs some help.

If you think you could use support, please contact us. We’re always here to listen.

Do You or Someone You Love Need Help?

If your child or a youth you know is experiencing any of the following, it might be time to seek support:

  • Anxiety or depression
  • Changes in moods or behaviour
  • Unhealthy coping mechanisms (e.g. substance abuse)
  • Difficulty in school or relationships
  • Overwhelming emotions

Understand that seeking help is okay. It takes a lot of courage to admit to needing guidance and support.

Common Issues for Youths

Noticing when someone is struggling is the first step in helping them. Sometimes, youths may not have the skills to articulate what they’re going through, or they might be scared to ask for help.

By noticing changes in behaviours, moods, or attitudes, you can offer a listening ear, provide guidance, or direct them to resources that may help.

Parents & Guardians

Navigating the parent/guardian-child relationship can be complicated. As youths grow up, wanting more independence is natural, but it’s not always easy for parents to let go. Some common issues that youth face within the parent-child dynamic are:

  • Communication breakdown
  • Unhealthy boundaries
  • Differences in values and beliefs
  • Overprotection or lack of support

Relationships are complex, and as youths get older, the stakes can get higher. Youth face many issues within their relationships, whether with peers or significant others. Here are some common issues:

  • Verbal/physical abuse
  • Toxic relationships

As youths grow and develop, sexuality can become more nuanced and complex. Understanding and accepting themselves can be challenging, especially if the youth doesn’t feel supported or accepted by others.To learn more about our commitment to LGBTQ2S+ youths, please visit our Diversity & Inclusion page.

Some common issues regarding sexuality include:

  • Identity confusion or questioning
  • Discrimination
  • Stigma
  • Lack of support

Bullying is a widespread issue that can occur anywhere, whether it’s at school, home, or online. Bullying can have lasting impacts on a person’s mental health and overall well-being. Some common forms of bullying are:

  • Verbal bullying
  • Physical bullying
  • Social exclusion or isolation
  • Cyberbullying
  • Racism or discrimination

With so many changes happening around youths, experimenting with drugs and alcohol may feel like an escape. However, these substances can lead to addiction, which can have lasting effects on their life. Some common issues regarding drug and alcohol use are:

  • Peer pressure
  • Experimentation
  • Addiction
  • Mental health issues
  • Risky behaviour

It’s not uncommon for youths to feel uncertain about the future and the expectations placed upon them. They may feel pressure to excel academically, socially, and professionally, which can be overwhelming. Some common issues youth face in regard to the future are:

  • Anxiety and stress
  • Pressure to succeed
  • Lack of direction
  • Unclear goals
  • Navigating transitions

It’s okay to feel unsure or scared about the future, but it’s important to remember that you’re not alone.

We’d Love to Connect

At ConnecTeen, we’re here to listen and support youths through whatever challenges they may face. 

If you need someone to talk to or resources to support you or someone you care about, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

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