You are Not Alone

Early identification and treatment can make a big difference for successful management of an illness and; recovery. Yet only one-third of adults and less than one-half of children with mental illness receive treatment. One reason is that symptoms may not be immediately recognized. Another is that stigma –and silence–surrounding mental illness discourages many people from seeking help. Still another is lack of access to mental health care.

What to watch for:
Parents and caregivers are the experts about their child. If you suspect your child is struggling emotionally or behaviorally follow-up with a doctor or mental health professionals.

  • Changes in sleep patterns – both trouble sleeping and sleeping more
  • Extreme mood swings, particularly anger in teen boys as this is often a symptom of Depression
  • Isolating from peers and family
  • Changes in eating
  • Participating in high-risk behaviors – this can often be a teen’s method for seeking help
  • Drop in grades
  • Lack of self-care