Youth Mental Health Facts
According to the World Health Organization, mental health is defined as a state of wellbeing in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.
Half of all chronic mental illnesses begin by age 14
Youth substance abuse may be an attempt to self-medicate symptoms of undiagnosed mental illness
Half of all lifetime cases of anxiety disorders begin as early as age 8
Early signs of mental illness are often mistaken for typical characteristics of childhood and adolescent development
22% of youth experience serious mental illness in a given year
The median delay between the onset of symptoms and treatment is 10 years.