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.
- Positive physical development
- Academic achievement
- High self-esteem
- Emotional self-regulation
- Good coping and problem solving skills
- 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:
- Ask them if they are okay. Listen nonjudgmentally.
- Tell them you are worried about them and that they are not alone.
- Talk to a mental health professional about your concerns.
- Know the crisis numbers, including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Number: 1-800-273-TALK(8255) and Crisis Text Line: Text “PA” to 741741