May is Mental Health Awareness Month.
As researched by the World Health Organization, one in five individuals between the ages of 10-19 will experience some form of mental illness. WHO also identifies that suicide is the third leading cause of death for those between the ages of 15-19.
Recognizing and addressing mental illness can be a challenging time for both teens and guardians. It is important for individuals experiencing symptoms to not be afraid to talk to a trusted adult or friend because it can help in creating a treatment plan which can greatly improve one’s life.
There are numerous resources that are available for teens and guardians.
Here are some books in our Young Adult Section at Summit Free Public Library
Here are some more helpful links:
- Adolescent Mental Health from the WHO
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health from the National Institute of Health
*If you or someone you know is in need of help you can text the Crisis Text Line at 741741 or call the National Suicide Prevention LifeLine at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).