From the Office of Adolescent Health – May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and the first week of May is dedicated to children’s mental health awareness. Mental health is an integral part of adolescents’ well-being, and most young people experience positive mental health.

Although, there is nearly one third of high school students who have experienced depression symptoms, and about 20% of students between 13- and 18-year-olds have had or are currently experiencing a seriously debilitating mental health disorder.

All of us have an important role to play in supporting adolescents, reducing stigma, and enhancing positive mental health. Here are some tips and resources to get started:

  • Understanding the Adolescent Brain. Click on the link below for more information:  The Power of the Adolescent Brain
  • Understand Mental Health Disorders for Adolescents. Click on the link below for more information: Mental Health in Adolescents
  • Talk about Suicide and gain knowledge as to why adolescent may pick this option to solving their problems. In 2013, suicide deaths surpassed vehicle accidents as the number one cause of death among youth ages 10-14 and is the second leading cause of death among young people ages 15-24. Click on the link below for more information: Suicide Prevention
  • Support Mental Health in Schools. Most adolescents spend a lot of time in an educational setting, which makes schools an important place to talk about mental health and facilitate linkages to mental health care. Click on the link below to obtain more information: School Safety
  • Build a positive mental health. Click on the link below for additional information: Steps to Building Positive Mental Health and 31 Tips for Boosting Your Mental Health
  • Stay encouraged and stay connected!