The silent tragedy affecting today’s children (and what to do with it), written by Victoria Prooday, starts with:
“I encourage every parent who cares about the future of his/her children to read it. I know that many would choose not to hear what I say in the article, but your children need you to hear this message. Even if you disagree with my perspective, please, just follow the recommendations at the end of the article. Once you see the positive changes in your child’s life, you will understand why I say what I say!”
You may not agree with her, but I strongly recommend it as essential reading if you are a parent. I suspect it also applies equally to personal or business relationships and friendships, as well as business operations.
I suspect the increase of attention directed to technology within the health care system is also causing less than optimal care, and I have witnessed far too many times, staff active on their phones, rather than talking to or caring for their patients or residents.
The author of the blog is an Occupational Therapist who has worked with children for many years, and she says;
I have witnessed this tragedy unfolding right in front of my eyes. Our children are in a devastating emotional state! Talk to teachers and professionals who have been working in the field for the last 15 years. You will hear concerns similar to mine. Moreover, in the past 15 years, researchers have been releasing alarming statistics on a sharp and steady increase in kids’ mental illness, which is now reaching epidemic proportions:
- 1 in 5 children has mental health problems
- 43% increase in ADHD
- 37% increase in teen depression
- 200% increase in suicide rate in kids 10-14 years old