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
Teenage Boys & Eating Disorders
Misdiagnosis of Eating Disorders in College
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