How To Support Youth Mental Health

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Missed graduations and proms. Detaching from friends and family. Staying in a bedroom for 20 hours a day. Being constantly plugged in online. These are just a few of the stressors that youth have faced over the last year due to the pandemic, leading to heightened anxiety and depression, among other new or worsening mental health challenges.

Parents and caring adults who know how to spot the outer signs of an inner struggle can prevent mental health challenges from escalating.

Resources for Youth 

  • Need help now? Call 800-TLC-TEEN (852-8336) or text TEEN to 839863.

For more immediate support, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and 1-888-628-9454 for Spanish, or text 741741.

Resources for Adults 

  • Talking to Kids When They Need Help from the American Psychological Association (APA). Find tips on starting a conversation and understanding what’s going on in the lives of children and teens.
  • National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357), a 24/7/365 referral and information service for individuals and family members facing mental health challenges or substance abuse.

We must stay vigilant to ensure the health and safety of our children, particularly during this difficult time. Learn the warning signs of emotional distress and advocate for suicide prevention training in all middle and high schools.