Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month!

Did you know that 1 in 5 children, ages 13-18, have or will have a serious mental illness and that 70% of youth in state and local juvenile justice systems have a mental illness ?

Some warning signs that a child may be experiencing symptoms of mental illness can include:
• Feeling very sad or withdrawn for more than 2 weeks (e.g., crying regularly, feeling fatigued, feeling unmotivated).
• Intense worries or fears that get in the way of daily activities like hanging out with friends or going to classes.
• Extreme difficulty in concentrating or staying still that can lead to failure in school.

For more information about the warning signs that a youth may be experiencing symptoms of mental illness and additional resources for parents and families of youth who may be suffering from a mental illness condition, please visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness website at