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Signs of Mental Illness


  •     Feeling very sad or withdrawn for more than two weeks
  •     Trying to harm or end one's life or making plans to do so
  •     Severe, out-of-control risk-taking behaviors that cause harm to self or others
  •    Sudden overwhelming fear for no reason, sometimes with a racing heart, physical discomfort or difficulty breathing
  •     Significant weight loss or gain, not eating, throwing up or using a laxative to lose weight
  •     Severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
  •     Seeing, hearing, or believing things that are not real
  •     Excessive use of alcohol or drugs
  •     Drastic changes in mood, behavior, personality or sleeping habits
  •     Extreme difficulty concentrating or staying still
  •     Intense worries or fears that get in the way of daily activities


50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14;

75% by age 24. 

1 in 5 Children ages 13-18 have, or will have a serious mental illness.

The average delay between onset of symptoms and intervention is 8-10 years

Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in youth ages 10-24

90% of those who died by suicide had an underlying mental illness


Getting help early for mental health matters in keeping your life on track.

  •     Contact your primary care doctor to rule out other physical health conditions
  •     Be honest about what you are feeling and be clear about what you want
  •     Ask for help finding a therapist or mental health specialist that works for you
  •     Connect with other individuals and families
  •     Learn more about mental illness
  •     Visit
  •     In an Emergency Call 911
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