Being a teenager can be hard and stressful at times. Everyone has things that they’re worried or stressed about.
You might be stressed about doing good in school, working or even being a good athlete. Mental illnesses are disorders of the brain function. They have many causes and are complex interactions between a person’s genes and their environment. It is a serious issue and is becoming more common among teens and is something that should not be ignored or not talked about. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, one in five teenagers suffer from a mental health condition.
What is causing so many teens to have mental health conditions? It can be anything from their genes to the environment they might be in. It affects everyday life from going to school, socializing or even getting out of bed in the morning.
Mental health illnesses of any sort should not be treated any differently than a physical illness. There are many conditions, such as anxiety, depression and panic disorders. There are treatments and ways to get help, but it’s not always that easy. Everyone’s brain works differently, so depending on the person, it might not be easy for them to just ask for help or to talk to someone.
Everyone should educate themselves on mental illnesses so that they might be able to help someone. Speaking openly about mental health can help tremendously. Let them know that someone cares. If you or someone you know is struggling with a mental illness, please reach out for help. You are not alone.
Places where you can find help:
- School counselors
- Prestera Center, Charleston: 304-341-0511
- KVC West Virginia, Charleston: 304-347-9818
- HELP4WV Treatment Center, Charleston: 844-435-7498
- KPPC Counseling: 304-346-9689
Hotlines that are available 24/7:
- Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK
- Emotional listening support: 1-800-932-4616 (toll free)
- National Alliance on Mental Illnesses Helpline: 1-800-950-NAMI
- Abuse Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE
- Youth Crisis Hotline: 1-800-448-4663