May is Mental Health Month
Did you know that 1 in 5 teens between the ages of 13 and 18 have or will have a serious mental illness? Or that 50% of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24?
May is Mental Health Month was started 70 years ago by Mental Health America, to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of good mental health for everyone.
Mental health is essential to one’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable. This infographic from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides the latest facts and figures about children’s and teens’ mental health:
Download a PDF of this infographic.
Help Is Here
If your child exhibits any of the warning signs or if something just doesn’t seem right and you want to spend a little time with an expert, please call us. Care Managers can arrange a free 30-minute Care Consultation so you can explore options with an expert. 650.688.3625 or Español 650.688.3650.
Stress and Crisis Resources
For immediate assistance, the following resources are available 24/7 unless otherwise noted:
- Dial 911 or go to your nearest emergency room or urgent care
- Crisis Text Line: Text BAY to 741741 (Anyone can send a message! Kids, teens, and adults)
- Star Vista’s Crisis Hotline: 650.579.0350
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline: (800) 273-8255
- Uplift Mobile Crisis Team: (408) 379-9085 / toll-free (877) 412-7474
- Alum Rock Mobile Crisis: 408.294.0579
- Lifeline Crisis Chat: crisischat.org
- OnYourMind Teen Chat (M-Th, 4:30-9:30 pm): onyourmind.net
Would you like to learn more? CHC’s free online community resource library contains a broad selection of articles, research, presentations, videos, and downloadable resources on mental health and related concerns.