Youth and Mental Health 101
Mental health challenges in youth
Mental health challenges can affect people of any age, but they often appear in our teenage years or early adulthood. They can range from challenges that last for a short period of time to those that are lifelong. There is no single cause for most mental health challenges.1 They may result from our genetics, the environments we grew up in, our social and economic class and most often, a combination of these elements.2
Examples of stressors that can affect our mental health are:
Mental health challenges that affect youth include:
It’s possible that someone could experience two or more of these problems together. It’s important to remember that everyone’s experiences are different, even if they have the same diagnosis.
1. PHAC, 2015b
2. MHCC, 2009