Tell A Tale in 500 Words

TEENAGERS By Alice Warwick

Teenagers are told that they are always going to be listened to; but when a time comes when they need certain help, people turn a blind eye. Obviously, most people are going to disagree with this, but that’s because they can’t handle the truth. Teenagers are the key to society; they’re the leaders of the future. So why do people think it’s okay to ignore their cries for help, or their desperate pleas to be listened to? Most people think that teenagers are moody and going through a ‘phase’ but is that really the problem? Teenagers, no matter how old, should be listened to and heard out; they should have help given to them even if they don’t ask for it or are too scared to speak out; it shouldn’t matter what problems they have, or what their medical record is, or who they are, or how confident they are.

Teenagers struggle with many things that the older generations don’t seem to understand. We’re not some troubled youth that need to ‘grow up’. We’re equals; we need support as much as anyone else. We want to be heard. We want to have a voice. Right now we’re not being loud enough. We need to stand up for ourselves, reach out for help, take risks that we’re told are too dangerous. We’re not stereotypical, moody, irrelevant children. Our opinions do matter.

At school, we should be able to wear what we want. Take the courses that we want. Take opportunities that aren’t offered. Teachers should know that as teenagers, we want to be different. We don’t want to look the same, or act like something we’re not. We want freedom of speech, we want to do what we want, we don’t want to be pressured into making choices or doing things that we don’t want to do; and most of all, we should be free of the stress and pressure that’s put on us.

We’re too young to be pressured this much. We’re too young to be told what we want to do, or what is best for us, or what we should wear or look like.

There are many teenagers out there who struggle from disorders, stress, depression, anxiety and self-harm. And it’s all to do with not being heard, or being hurt, or not having enough support. It’s not fair that some teens are pushed out of groups, or society, or their families because they want to be who they are. We’re too young to be treated differently from everyone else; just because we’re stereotyped to be moody or difficult.

We need to chance stereotypes and make sure that all teenagers, whatever their ages, know that it’s okay not to be okay, because society obviously isn’t doing that effectively.

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