It is hard to believe now, but there was actually a time when people dismissed bullying as nothing more than “kids being kids.” But once stories began to appear in the news about young people committing suicide in response to incessant bullying, many eyes were opened to the true gravity of the situation. When parents, educators, and social and community leaders were finally confronted with the facts, and the real scope of the problem became clear, the days of turning a blind eye to the devastating effects of bullying were over.
Stress is a natural reaction to any situation or circumstance that seriously challenges a person’s sense of well-being or security. While this reaction once played (and in some respects, still plays) a critical role in human survival, people in the modern world tend to experience stress as a recurring or chronic state that decreases the enjoyment of everyday life.
Preteens and teenagers also experience this everyday stress. According to a study published in 2013 in the journal Neuroscience, enrollment in a stress management course can significantly boost the mental health of preteens and teens and help prevent the onset of depression and other stress-related ailments.