Mental Health & Self-Help

Mental Health First Aid, shares that “[a]lthough mental health challenges and mental disorders can begin in early childhood, disorders often manifest themselves in adolescence or early childhood. In the U.S., approximately 50% of the population will meet criteria for a mental disorder at some point in their life, many with their first onset during childhood or adolescence. Because of this stage as the starting point, “…mental illnesses can affect the young person’s education, ability to work and form relationships, and they can lead to the use of alcohol and other drugs.” Because there is usually a lengthy delay between the first occurrence of symptoms and when individuals seek assistance, “it’s important to detect problems early and to ensure that the person is property treated and supported.” Currently, anxiety disorders are one of the most common mental health challenges faced by children and teens.

Below is a list of resources that offer assistance for a variety of concerns.