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Mental Health and Modern Youth - by Kaylee McClure

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    The process of growing up is brimming with twists, turns, bumps, highs, and lows. Throughout your journey from adolescence to young adulthood, it’s only natural to feel overwhelmed with stress and intimidation. Although you might feel isolated and filled with doubt, it’s critical to understand that YOU ARE NOT GOING THIS ALONE!

    The National Alliance on Mental Illness estimates that “16.5% of U.S. youth aged 6-17 experienced a mental health disorder in 2016 (7.7 million people)” (“Mental Health by the Numbers”), while a 2021 World Health Organization article states the following. “Globally, it is estimated that 1 in 7 (14%) 10-19 year-olds experience mental health conditions” (“Adolescent Mental Health”). Factors such as your developing brain, the increasing difficulty of schoolwork, and the prevalence of social media are the most common sources of stress for young minds. Notable examples include increasing nerves surrounding college acceptance, forming a sense of self-identity, and handling cyberbullying. Regardless of the magnitude or type of issue at hand, it’s critical to reach out for help.

    Finding the best help resources for mental health issues can be intimidating but choosing the correct form of help can make a world of difference. Popular options include the following.

    • Therapy and Counseling
    • In-person and Online Support Groups
    • Mental Health Crises Hotlines
    • Foundations for Vulnerable Communities
    • Psychological and Mental Health Organizations 

    Remember That You Are Never in This Alone

    InfoGraphic for Mental Health Resources

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