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- The Covid-19 pandemic impacted teenagers significantly because they are in a stage of development when social interaction is crucial.
- There has been an increase in teenagers suffering from depression, anxiety, eating disorders and self-harm.
- Parents should not wait to seek professional help if their teenagers show warning signs of struggling mentally.
The past two years of living through a pandemic have been tough on everybody, but psychiatrists and psychologists say teenagers have been impacted significantly.
They are urging parents to seek professional help sooner rather than later if they notice their teenager has been struggling.
Despite often lengthy waiting lists to get appointments with mental health professionals, there are interim measures that parents can take.
In the second and final episode of Breaking Point, we will take you through those options - psychiatrists and psychologists will help you discern what is normal teenager behaviour and what is not.
And you will hear the story of one Cape Town family whose teenage daughter did not get the help she needed until it was almost too late.
If you or anyone you know is suffering from mental health issues, you can contact Sadag's 24-hour mental health helpline on 0800 456 789.
Sadag has a WhatsApp counselling line that operates from 09:00 to 16:00. Call 076 882 2775.
Call the SA Federation for Mental Health on 011781 1852 or Lifeline South Africa on 0861 322 322.