This notable article on self-compassion and self-esteem is a must read, as it highlights the importance of self-compassion as a protective factor against experiencing impaired mental health.  The article cites literature which has found that low self-esteem in adolescence is linked to poorer mental health outcomes, future suicide attempts, and a failure to establish a positive social support network.  The findings of the study illustrate that low self-esteem predicts poorer mental health outcomes, but only in those who were also low in self-compassion.  Practicing self-compassion involves accepting self-doubt, adversity, and negative self-evaluations as a normal part of the human condition.  Participants with low self-esteem, but who were high in self-compassion, appeared to be protected from experiencing impairments in their mental health.  For more details, click on the link below for the full article.