Mental health conditions are common among teens. 1 in 5 live with a mental health condition; half develop the condition by age 14 and three quarters by age 24. For some, experiencing the first signs can be scary and confusing. Discussing what you are going through with others is an important first step to getting help. Speaking up and asking for help is a sign of strength.
Mental health services and supports are available and the earlier you access them the better. Many teens and young adults live full lives with a mental health condition. More and more teens and young adults are speaking out about their experiences and connecting with others. Check out Ok2Talk to see what others are saying. You are not alone; there are others out there going through the same things you are. Contact NAMI Monroe County for support or visit NAMI for more information.