If you had the flu or sprained your ankle playing ball you would tell someone you were hurting. Your mental wellness should matter too.

Have you ever felt as though something was wrong but you couldn’t figure out why you didn’t feel right? Have your friends been acting weird lately? Forget other voices…can you even still hear yourself? Mental health is an issue for more people than you think and now is time to let help in and do something about it.

Fact: 1 in 5 children ages 13-18 have or will have a serious mental illness.

20% of youth ages 13-18 live with a mental health condition
11% of youth have a mood disorder
10% of youth have a behavior or conduct disorder
8% of youth have an anxiety discorder
50% of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24.
Approximately 50% of students age 14 and older with a mental illness drop out of high school
70% of youth in state and local juvenile systems have a mental illness

Even if receiving a mental health diagnosis your brain is continuing to grow, so you have the power to build the life you most want and the opportunity to get the help in building it.

Up to 90% of anxiety issues get better with treatment
Every $1 invested in early prevention yields $2-10 in savings that can be placed into community programs

52% of youth recognize anxiety disorders as a risk factor for suicide versus recognizing the impact that life situations, like bullying and relationships, have on suicide risk (91%).

  • More than 90% of those who die by suicide have a diagnosable illness
  • Less youth of color (13%) receive mental health services compared to (31%) of white youth

Four Things Parents Can Do

Talk with your pediatrician
Get a referral to a mental health specialist
Work with the school
Connect with other families
  •  Feeling very sad or withdrawn for more than 2 weeks (e.g., crying regularly, feeling fatigued, feeling unmotivated).
  • Trying to harm or kill oneself or making plans to do so.
  • Out-of-control, risk-taking behaviors that can cause harm to self or others.
  • Sudden overwhelming fear for no reason, sometimes with a racing heart, physical discomfort or fast breathing.
  • Not eating, throwing up or using laxatives to lose weight; significant weight loss or gain.
  • Severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships.
  • Repeated use of drugs or alcohol.
  • Drastic changes in behavior, personality or sleeping habits (e.g., waking up early and acting agitated).
  • Extreme difficulty in concentrating or staying still that can lead to failure in school.
  • Intense worries or fears that get in the way of daily activities like hanging out with friends or going to classes.

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