Mental health challenges affect youth and families year-round, and our work to address them is never-ending. One in five teens has struggled with mental health at some point in their life, with suicide rates soaring among 15- to 24-year-olds. Gain tools and resources through the National Council
to help young people have a brighter future.
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Topics in the News:
- Help hard to find for teens struggling with mental health, thoughts of suicide
- Suicide rate up 33% in less than 20 years, yet funding lags behind other top killers
- Youth offenders are now being screened for suicide risk at New York probation offices
Hear from the Experts:
Part 1: Guts
Is your child struggling with a mental health issue? There is hope. Watch college student Ben Shapiro describe his experience with OCD as a child. “Open your mind to treatment and the possibility that it does get better.”
Part 2: Resilience
What’s a key predictor of recovery in children with mental illness? Resilience, says Dr. Harold Koplewicz, president of the Child Mind Institute. Click the video for expert advice on how you can give your child the skills to overcome their challenges.
Part 3: Identification
If you are concerned about your child, early identification is key! “You know your child the very best,” says Mary McKay, director of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy & Research.
Part 4: Treatment
Worried about your child’s diagnosis? “Psychiatric illnesses are common and treatable,” says John Kane, Vice President for Behavioral Health Services at Long Island Jewish Health Systems.