Mental Health Facts
You deserve support and understanding.
Get the facts about mental health and take steps toward improving your wellness.
Mental health conditions are common. You are not alone in this. Help is available (CDC.gov).
Prioritize Self-Care & Reach Out to Supportive Friends & Adults
But many people do not report their experiences. Finding support begins with better understanding by those around you.
Start by sharing your feelings with an adult you trust, like a parent, counselor, or coach (MentalHealth.gov).
Remember that your brain is...
Teens are saying that it is time to talk more openly and honestly about mental health issues in the U.S. (4-H.org).
It's okay to ask for help.
You're at a critical time of growth and change. Speak your truth, find help, and learn skills that can prepare you for challenges in the future!
- Talk to a counselor, coach, teacher, mentor, parent, guardian, or another adult you trust.
- Ask your doctor or school nurse for recommendations and for help finding a therapist or mental health specialist.
- Your relationship with your mental health specialist is important! If the first person you see isn't a good fit, keep looking for a comfortable match.
Try these questions to start a conversation about your mental health with trusted people in your life.
- I haven’t felt right lately and I’m not sure what to do. Can I talk about it with you?
- I’m having a really hard time lately, will you go with me to see someone?
- I’m really worried about stuff that’s going on right now, can you help me find mental health support?
Note: Names in text messages have been changed to protect privacy.