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The Role of Religion in Mental Health of Young People.

In many cultures, religion is a major source of guidance and a strong source of support. It plays an important role in the mental health of young people in African cultures, especially those who may have had adverse childhood experiences. It provides a valuable source of comfort and support for those facing difficult life experiences.


Most Young people with religious backgrounds still face social-related challenges like; unintended pregnancies, gender discrimination, drug, and substance use not to mention victims or witnesses of sexual and gender-based violence. All these challenges have a negative impact and effect on their mental health state.


Religion can have a positive impact on mental health too. It can help individuals to cope with stress, providing a sense of purpose and hope. Studies have shown that people who are deeply spiritual often have higher self-esteem and are more likely to have a positive outlook on life.


Engaging in religious activities, such as attending services, praying, or meditating in a religious setting can also reduce anxiety.  Religious leaders through faith-based organizations and parents can nurture adolescents and young people by equipping them with the values and skills required to grow into adulthood.


In conclusion, Religious organizations can work hand in hand with mental health practitioners and specialists like Alika Health and other like-minded organizations. This is to ensure partnerships in referrals, treatment, and also mental health sensitization programs for the youth. This can provide a safe space for people to share their struggles and deeply held beliefs without feeling judged or rejected.


BY

Sangolo Ibrahim

Psychologist


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