The perspective on mental health is changing, and parents have the opportunity to shape a new generation that doesn’t see mental illness as something secret. The thing is that no one is born knowing about mental health, and many adults today didn’t even learn about anxiety or depression until they were caught in the throes of it.
Mental illness isn’t a foreign concept to teenagers. One in five teens lives with a mental illness. In fact, half of all chronic mental illnesses start by age 14. Suicide is the third-leading cause of death among individuals between the ages of 10 and 24, and 90-percent of those deaths are linked to an underlying mental illness.
The truth of the matter is that your teen might already be struggling and you just don’t know. Whether they’re withdrawn and moody, uncontrollable and experimenting, there are ways to reach out and start talking to them about the importance of mental health.