Meghan and Harry recognize Mental Health Awareness Month 2023, visiting with a Californian youth group
Meghan and Harry announced through their Archewell website, that in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month 2023, the couple recently visited with a local youth group, Aha! Santa Barbara . While there, Meghan and Harry learned about the experiences with social media and societal pressures that this group face and heard how it affects their mental well-being.
Meghan and Harry spent an hour speaking with teens aged 14-18 both "about the opportunities social media can provide for connection and community, as well as the ways in which it also raises issues of insecurity, peer-pressure, and potential for self-harm, among other risks."
AHA! state that their mission is to equip teenagers, educators, and parents with social and emotional intelligence to dismantle apathy, prevent despair, and interrupt hate-based behavior. Since 1999, AHA! has provided social-emotional education to over 20,000 teens and youth care providers.
AHA! work to address what they call their five pillars:
- Mindfulness - We bring awareness to the present moment without dwelling on past mistakes, and we value our place in this world.
- Awareness - We regulate the expression of our emotions with consideration and care, and we are conscious of the emotions of others.
- Connection - We recognize that we are an important part of something bigger and know that we are not alone– that we are in this together.
- Empathy - We understand and appreciate the thoughts, feelings, and choices of others, and strive to see their point of view.
- Resilience - We accept that change is part of life, persevere to overcome hardship, and work to nurture our self-image.