May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

Adolescents & Mental Health: It’s Not Just a Phase

This May, we want to emphasize the importance of knowing when a young person is battling a mental health disorder. Sometimes certain things they do can be passed off as “just a phase” they’re going through but it might not be that straightforward. See how common mental health disorders are in adolescents, recognize the signs to look for, and understand that you are not alone and there is help.

Watch: It’s Not Just a Phase

Would you be able to recognize the signs of a mental health issue in the child or teen in your life? Don’t dismiss it as “just a phase” – watch this video to uncover ways in which an adolescent might be grappling with a mental health disorder.

By the Numbers: Mental Health Disorders in Adolescents

When a person has a mental health disorder, it can feel like they are the only one experiencing it. That simply is not the case — many young people struggle to cope and many don’t get help.

1 in 6
U.S. youth aged 6-17 who experience a mental health disorder each year

51%
U.S. youth aged 6-17 with a mental health condition who get treatment each year

50%
Mental illnesses that began by age 14

11 years
Average time between symptom onset and getting treatment

Source: National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI)

4 Steps to Getting Help

It’s not easy to ask for help, especially for a child or teen who is in the throes of mental health issues. Here’s how to start the conversation and take the next steps to get them help for their mental health disorder.

EDUCATE YOURSELF

Familiarize yourself about the signs and symptoms of a mental health disorder.

HANDLE WITH CARE

Approach your loved one in a way that’s supportive and shows concern.

GAUGE COMFORT LEVEL

Ask your loved one if they’re comfortable talking to you about their problems. If not, ask them who they would rather talk to.

KNOW WHERE TO FIND HELP

Gather resources to behavioral healthcare professionals, centers or support groups to share with your loved one.

See how our Discovery ESTEEM SystemTM provides individualized care to help young patients develop lifelong coping skills and boost confidence.

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By the Numbers: Mental Health Disorders in Adolescents

When a person has a mental health disorder, it can feel like they are the only one experiencing it. That simply is not the case — many young people struggle to cope and many don’t get help.

1 in 6
U.S. youth aged 6-17 who experience a mental health disorder each year

51%
U.S. youth aged 6-17 with a mental health condition who get treatment each year

50%
Mental illnesses that began by age 14

11 years
Average time between symptom onset and getting treatment

Source: National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI)

4 Steps to Getting Help

It’s not easy to ask for help, especially for a child or teen who is in the throes of mental health issues. Here’s how to start the conversation and take the next steps to get them help for their mental health disorder.

EDUCATE YOURSELF

Familiarize yourself about the signs and symptoms of a mental health disorder.

HANDLE WITH CARE

Approach your loved one in a way that’s supportive and shows concern.

GAUGE COMFORT LEVEL

Ask your loved one if they’re comfortable talking to you about their problems. If not, ask them who they would rather talk to.

KNOW WHERE TO FIND HELP

Gather resources to behavioral healthcare professionals, centers or support groups to share with your loved one.

Find More Information on
DiscoveryMood.com

See how Discovery is changing lives for the better by downloading our 2020 outcome data.
VIEW OUTCOME DATA

When It’s Not Just a Phase, We’re Here to Help

Once it’s clear that your child isn’t going through some growing pains and truly needs expert help, Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program is here to figure out the next step with you. Since 1997, we’ve been at the forefront of providing quality adolescent mental healthcare. We utilize evidence-based treatments, build esteem and healthy coping skills, and surround patients with a supportive staff. Contact Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program today.

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