Laguna Beach High School
May 1, 2019
By: Alex Aronson, LCSW
Student Support Specialist
Did you know...
- Half of all mental illnesses begin by age 14 and three quarters begin by age 24
- 1 in 5 teenagers struggle with a mental illness
- Over 50% of youth and 60% of adults don't seek mental health treatment
- Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in 10-24-year-olds
How do I know if my child is struggling or just exhibiting "normal teenage behaviors"?
Each mental illness has its own warning signs. Here is a brief list of warning signs to pay attention to. For a more comprehensive list, visit Know The Warning Signs.
- Feeling excessively sad or low for an extended period of time
- Excessive worry or fear
- Changes in sleeping habits
- Avoiding friends and other social activities
- Abuse of substances like drugs and alcohol
- Suicidal thinking
- Non-suicidal self-injury
- Drastic changes in school performance
What are some additional resources available?
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a free and confidential resource available 24/7 to support those in distress, prevention, and crisis.
Learning to Help Your Child and Family is a resource available to families to help support all members cope when a child is diagnosed with a mental illness.
The Trevor Project is a free 24/7 confidential resource available to LGBTQ students that are feeling suicidal or are in crisis.