There have been numerous recent reports from around the world about the increase in suicides of our youth, especially in those under 18. The lockdown, isolation, school closures and loss of loved ones are all contributing factors and is continuing. Children’s Health Defense reports on this sharp rise in an article on 2/3/21. They give links to the various literature.
They share a November report by the CDC that analyzed emergency room visits in children under 18 during the pandemic. Results showed that although the number of overall emergency room visits fell during 2020, the number of mental health-related visits increased. Data analyzed from the CDC’s National Syndromic Surveillance Program from Jan. 1 through Oct. 17, 2020, and compared to the same period in 2019 showed a 31% increase in mental health issues among adolescents 12 – 17-years-old.
The article talks about the need for increased study, partnership with governments and healthcare providers, and for parents to help their children be able to honestly and without fear communicate their emotional concerns. Parents need to play a more proactive role in their children’s well-being.
Children learn from example. If they regularly witness their loved ones in a state of anxiety, anger, or fear, they are likely to absorb that energy and exhibit similar behavior. Adults used to be better equipped to deal with these negative emotions but many are losing their resiliency with the on-going pandemic conditions. Children are even more likely to break under the same pressures. However, if they experience their parents handle things maturely and in a positive frame of mind, they will be more secure and confident.
While we all ‘know’ parents, guardians, educators – those entrusted with the health of our children – should provide an environment of trust that encourages their wards to share with them their deepest fears and insecurities, many are just too overwhelmed with negative emotions to do so.
What can we do in the world-wide TFT community to help this crisis? We can do it from a grassroots level, in our homes, with our families and children, one loving soul at a time? There are proven and specific tapping tools to heal the trauma around us, diffuse the powder-keg emotions and express compassion and acceptance of our children and loved ones. The TFT Foundation’s trauma relief blog provides these tools for FREE, in 15 languages. The most common and powerful tapping protocol is for releasing trauma, anger and guilt. It can be safely shared with anyone.
In addition to this resource, we now have a monthly well-being program. Our primary focus is timely topics such as eliminating anxiety and fear and the negative emotions we are struggling with to lifting our mood and that of our children. We will approach it from the perspective of our current reality. And, you will have the opportunity to have solutions to your personal concerns, what is disturbing or blocking you in your life right now.
In this class, we will help you stop living merely as a reaction to your environment and respond from the higher place of compassion and love. As we release the contracted energy, we can expand our vibration to one of joy and love that we can share with others. We will share tools for quieting our overactive mind and emotions bringing us more patience and resilience.
And, since it is Valentine’s Day next weekend, we will cover some ways to help our relationships whether they be our life partner, children, extended family or at work. Relationships are often the source of our anxiety, anger and fear. Let’s turn those feeling into compassion, love and understanding.
Think about how much happier and relaxed you and others around you could be if you responded rather than reacted to life:
- Paying attention to your loved ones, listening with intention
- Showing acceptance, with words and thoughts of kindness
- Feeling forgiveness and compassion for others
- Creating a safe environment for yourself and family
As we can all see, the need to release and diffuse our negative feelings is vital. Our children’s lives depend on it. Join us Feb. 13: Releasing Anxiety, Fear and Anger