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.