• May Is Mental Health Awareness Month

Adolescents, Adults & Mental Health

As the saying goes, it’s OK to not feel OK. For many people, the weight of a mental health disorder is ever-present but rarely discussed. This May, we want to recognize that people of all ages struggle with a mental health issue, and we stand with those who continue to fight the stigma that comes along with disorders such as depression, anxiety, trauma and more. Explore the statistics, understand the signs, and access the resources to help you or a loved one manage mental health.

By the Numbers: Mental Health Disorders in Adolescents & Adults

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 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

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

Mental illnesses that began by age 14

11 years
Average time between symptom onset and getting treatment

1 in 5
U.S. adults who experienced a mental health disorder in 2020

Lifetime mental illnesses that began by age 24

U.S. adults with a mental health condition who get treatment each year

1 in 15
U.S. adults who experienced both a substance use disorder and mental health disorder

Source: National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI)

4 Steps to Getting Help for Someone You Love

It’s not easy to ask for help, especially if you are in the throes of mental health issues. For loved ones, here’s how to start the conversation and take the next steps to get them help for their mental health disorder.

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

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

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

Research behavioral healthcare professionals and/or centers, as well as support groups, to have on-hand if your loved one indicates they are ready to receive help.

When You’re Ready, We’re Here to Help

Once it’s clear that you or someone you love 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 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.