More than 44,000 people die by suicide annually. It is the second leading cause of death for 10-24 year olds.


1 in 5 adolescents, age 13-18, have or will have a mental health concern.


50% of us will experience a mental health condition in our lifetime.

As youth grow and develop, there are several variables, or protective factors, that promote mental wellness.

Protective Factors


  • Positive physical development
  • Academic achievement
  • High self-esteem
  • Emotional self-regulation
  • Good coping and problem solving skills
  • Spirituality
  • Engagement and connections with friends


  • Monitoring of activities
  • Supportive relationships with family members
  • Clear expectations for behavior and values
  • Clear structures, limits, and rules

School and Community

  • Presence of mentors
  • Support for development of skills and interests
  • Opportunities for engagement in schools, neighborhoods and the community
  • Clear expectations for behavior
  • Physical and psychological safety
  • Engagement and connections with community and neighborhood

Every child is one adult away from being a success story. As an adult, you have the ability to make a positive lifelong impact on a young person. If you are worried about a young person in your life, get involved. Let them know you are there for them and that they matter.

If you are concerned about someone:

  1. Ask them if they are okay. Listen nonjudgmentally.
  2. Tell them you are worried about them and that they are not alone.
  3. Talk to a mental health professional about your concerns.
  4. Know the crisis numbers, including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Number: 1-800-273-TALK(8255) and Crisis Text Line: Text “PA” to 741741

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