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Mental Illness affects 1 in 5 youth.

A mental illness is a condition that affects a
 person's thinking, feeling or mood. Such conditions may affect someone's ability to relate to others and function each day. Each person will have different experiences, even people with the same diagnosis.

Recovery, including meaningful roles in social life, school and work, is possible, especially when you start treatment early and play a strong role in your own recovery process.

A mental health condition isn’t the result of one event. Research suggests multiple, linking causes. Genetics, environment and lifestyle influence whether someone develops a mental health condition. A stressful job or home life makes some people more susceptible, as do traumatic life events like being the victim of a crime. Biochemical processes and circuits and basic brain structure may play a role, too. - Nami.org

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Talking to Children About Violence - Tips

Suicidal Thinking and Threats: Helping Handout for Hom(PDF will open)

Preventing Youth Suicide: Tips for Parents and Educators (PDF will open)

Save a Friend: Tips for Teens to Prevent Youth Suicide (PDF will open)

Addressing Grief

Trauma

MentalHealth.gov

National Alliance for Mental Illness

Please click here for the Rockdale Resource Guide published by the Rockdale Coalition for Children and Families.