Most people with mental health problems can recover, but treatment and recovery take time. Recovery is a journey, and the first step is getting help.
Young people going through a mental health crisis need to be taken seriously and desperately need to talk to someone. Adults need to be available to listen.
Keep in mind that young people may be afraid to talk. They may not know where to begin. They may be ashamed, so it’s up to adults to take the first step. Ask questions. If they don’t immediately open up, ask again or encourage them to talk to someone else. They need to know they can trust you before talking about their problems.
Here are some ways you can help:
Once you get a young person to talk, help connect them to treatment and recovery resources. Do you know a doctor or counselor who could help? If not, call 2-1-1 and find out what resources are available in your community.
Everyone is unique. That means everyone’s road to recovery will look different. But there are several common factors to getting treatment:
Mental health and substance use disorders are health issues. They require help from a doctor or a licensed mental health professional. People with mental health problems need to be accurately diagnosed. Only a professional can do that. Professionals can recommend treatments such as medications, counseling, or a combination of both.
People dealing with a mental health issue often find it helpful to get support from others with the same problem. There are support groups for eating disorders, drug and alcohol addictions, suicide attempt survivors, and other mental health disorders. Many support groups follow a 12-step recovery process.
Having a support network of friends and loved ones is another important part of recovery. Other key supports include teachers, coaches, youth group leaders, and religious and faith communities.
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