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Road to recovery: Navigating mental health as a young person

Today’s youth often face unfair accusations of abnormal behavior, irresponsibility, social media obsession, and drug abuse. However, beneath the façade of youthfulness, many young individuals silently battle psychological disorders.

Nearly every young person experiences normal stress, which is sometimes ignored or brushed aside in an attempt to maintain peace of mind.

However, if left unaddressed, these stressors can escalate into more significant problems, leading to sleepless nights, feelings of abandonment, and self-isolation. In extreme cases, it may even lead to self-harm or suicide attempts. This situation is not uncommon, and it might have happened to you or someone you know.

Mental well-being is essential for our emotional, psychological, and social health. It encompasses our ability to cope with life’s challenges, maintain positive relationships, and find fulfillment. When these aspects are disrupted, emotional challenges arise.

At KURA, we believe it’s essential to reevaluate the factors that contribute to distress in the younger generation and explore ways to overcome them, strengthening resistance and resilience.

Peer Pressure

Peer pressure often compels young people to conform to certain behaviors, attitudes, or expectations, even if they go against their values or preferences. This pressure can lead to stress, anxiety, and depression, as young individuals fear judgment, rejection, or exclusion, impacting their mental well-being.


Losing a job can result in feelings of purposelessness, inadequacy, and a loss of self-esteem, significantly affecting emotional and mental health. Financial instability and concerns about meeting basic needs can contribute to anxiety and stress. The societal stigma around unemployment can further exacerbate feelings of shame and guilt.

Academic Pressure

Intense competition, high expectations, and the constant need to excel can create significant stress and anxiety among students. The fear of failure and pressure to achieve top grades can lead to burnout and feelings of inadequacy. Additionally, the excessive workload and tight deadlines can result in sleep deprivation and a lack of work-life balance, negatively impacting mental well-being.

Social Media Comparison

Excessive social media comparison can contribute to the development or exacerbation of mental disorders in youth. Constant exposure to carefully curated content can lead to feelings of inadequacy, low self-esteem, and body dissatisfaction, potentially escalating into conditions like anxiety, depression, and eating disorders. Promoting digital literacy and healthy online behaviors is crucial to mitigate these negative effects.

At Kura, we do not discourage academic excellence or learning from role models and social media inspirations. However, we emphasize that a healthy life is the foundation for productivity. To safeguard your mental health, consider the following advice:

Engage in Your Favorite Hobbies

Pursuing hobbies and leisure activities can give you a sense of accomplishment and help control anxiety. Meditation practices can also aid in staying present and managing stress.

Nurture Positive Relationships

Connecting with loved ones and fostering open communication can provide support when you feel your mental well-being is disturbed.

Seek Professional Help

Recognize that seeking professional help is not a sign of weakness. Therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, or nurse practitioners can help manage mental illness through therapy, counseling, or medication.

Remember that everyone’s path to mental health is unique, so find the approaches that work best for you. Taking proactive steps toward mental well-being is a powerful act of self-care and strength.

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