Youth and Mental Health 101

Signs of mental health challenges


10 common warning signs of a mental health condition in teens and young adults (1:48)

Text: 10 Common Warning Signs of Mental Health Conditions

1 in 5 Youth and Young Adults

Presented by NAMI

Mental health conditions are more common than you may think. One in five youth or young adults lives with a mental health condition.

Do you know the warning signs?

  • Like feeling sad or withdrawn for more than two weeks
    severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
    intense worries or fears that get in the way of daily activities
    sudden overwhelming fear for no reason
    or seriously trying to harm or kill oneself or making plans to do so
    not eating, throwing up or using laxatives to lose weight
    significant weight loss or weight gain
    severe, out-of-control risk taking behaviour that can cause harm to self or others
    repeated use of drugs or alcohol
    drastic changes in behaviour, personality or sleeping habits
    or extreme difficulty concentrating or staying still.

If you see these signs in yourself or friend, tell a trusted adult.

The first step to getting help is to say it out loud.

Remember you are not alone, we can help.

Text: NAMI National Alliance on Mental Illness
Citation: Jensen, Peter, et al. (October 24, 2011). Overlooked and Underserved: ‘Action Signs’ for Identifying Children with Unmet Mental Health Needs. August 14, 2014.

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