Well-being. Or how do you learn happiness and health?
When we asked parents how they would describe a successful life for their child, they wanted their children to grow up to be happy, healthy people. However, this is not the message our children are receiving in school today. And certainly not what they feel.
One out of four children in Germany is unhappy.
The percentage of girls suffering from depression has risen by 66 percent in the last ten years. For boys, by 44 percent. In fact, today's German children have the highest percentage of depression ever in this age group. Other mental illnesses such as anxiety disorders and social insecurity are also on the rise.
How did we get to this point? What is putting our children's well-being at such risk? To find out, we talked to parents, researchers and teachers, but most importantly, to children and adolescents themselves. Each child is individual, yet key pressures emerged: Cyberbullying, loneliness, pressure to succeed, tensions between personal, social and digital identities, loss of sleep quality and duration, internet addiction, unrealistic beauty idols, loss of connection to nature, discrimination, aimlessness, sensory overload, lack of self-esteem and relationship stress. The ability to find health and contentment amidst these challenges is to be actively learned, managed and nurtured. The X-School creates a place where female students feel safe. Here they learn to become holistically aware of themselves, to recognize their wants and needs, and to be resilient in caring for their health and contentment even in the face of adverse circumstances.