Teenage boys face a lot of pressure from the physical changes of puberty to academic expectations and social pressures to fit in.

Discovering their identity leaves many of them dealing with anxiety and depression which can lead to suicidal thoughts or even attempts.

Many boys attempt suicide as a reaction to conflict with peers, family members, romantic partners or even disappointments.

Possible reasons for vulnerability can be:

  • A history of difficulties at home or school
  • Depression
  • Distress from low self-esteem
  • The belief that no one cares about them
  • Forms of abuse or alcohol and drug use.

Shifting gender opportunities have left many boys struggling with anxiety and depression.

What makes boys vulnerable is their inability to identify their own problems and communicate them.

You can help by:

  • Focusing on listening rather than lecturing
  • Being available and persistent in trying to help
  • Respecting your child
  • Acknowledging their feelings
  • Spending time with them.

If your teen will not open up to you, get professional help as our ultimate weapon against stress is the ability to choose one thought above another.

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