May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Posted by Melissa Hanan

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), about 1 in 5 children aged 13-18 currently have, or have once had, a mental health disorder.

Despite the incidence and widespread research of mental health conditions, stigma and misconceptions still surround those struggling with mental health issues. May is recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month across the nation to help combat stigma and educate others on mental health. One way to show your support is to make a StigmaFree Pledge through the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

From eating disorders and depression to how to help teens cope with stress and live happier lives, the following resources address some of the struggles teens face and how we all can help.

Depression, Anxiety & Other Disorders:

Paying Attention to Teen Depression

Recognizing the Signs of Schizophrenia in Your Teen

Should I Disclose Depression/Anxiety on My College Application?

Robin Williams’ Death Raises Awareness for Depression in Teens and Adults

Study Links Teen Depression with School Dissatisfaction

Eating Disorders:

Teenage Boys & Eating Disorders

Misdiagnosis of Eating Disorders in College

Understanding Bulimia

Substance Abuse:

The 3 Most Common Substances Abused by Teens

How to Seek Help for Your Teen’s Substance Abuse

Residential Treatment: The Next Step to Conquer Teen Substance Abuse

How to Help:

Normal Teen Angst or a Mental Health Issue?

Recognizing the Signs of Adolescents with Serious Mental Health Challenges

How a School Counselor Can Help a Teen in Need

Help Your Teens Build Emotional Health

7 Ways to Help Teens Cope with Stress

For More Information:

Therapeutic Programs & Services

TeenLife’s Guide to Therapeutic Programs & Services

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Mental Health America

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Melissa is passionate about all things STEM. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Simmons College and an M.A. in Applied Psychology from Boston College where she became interested in biomedical devices and materials science. She is returning to Simmons College to pursue her dream of becoming an engineer.