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Learn the Facts

Mental health problems and substance abuse are more common than you may think.

If you know a young person who is possibly experiencing a mental health issue or a drug or alcohol problem, you can help. But first you need to learn the facts.

Mental illnesses are more common than you may think. One in five Americans will experience a mental health issue during his or her lifetime, and one in 20 people will develop a serious mental illness.

Mental illnesses often strike early. Half of all cases start by age 14, and three-quarters by age 24.

These aren’t easy facts to take, but the good news is that there’s help. And people who seek help can and do recover.

The Basics
It’s important to have a basic understanding about mental health disorders that are common among young people.

Learn more about the basics of mental illness >

The Warning Signs
Do you know how to tell if a young person is going through a crisis or needs help? Young people are often reluctant to talk about their problems. But that doesn’t mean they’re not expressing themselves. Keep your eyes open for the warning signs of mental illness.

Learn more about warning signs of mental illness >

Some people who have a mental illness may also abuse drugs or alcohol. It’s important to know the warning signs of substance abuse.

Learn more about warning signs of substance abuse >

In Texas, suicide is the second leading cause of death among people ages 15 to 34. Nearly one out of seven high school students in Texas makes a suicide plan. Pay attention to warning signs.

Learn more about suicide prevention >

Getting Better is Possible
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.

How can you help a young person?
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.

Learn more about ways you can help >

Getting treatment and starting recovery
Everyone is unique. That means everyone’s road to recovery will look different. But there are several common factors to getting treatment.

Learn more about the road to recovery >

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