It can be hard to talk about mental health — especially as a teenager.
But it’s critically important that the conversations occur at a young age, particularly because mental health conditions often emerge during adolescence or early adulthood. One in five teenagers ages 13 through 18 are living with a mental health illness, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
Last week, at Hilbert College in Hamburg, a coalition of community partners held a panel discussion about teen anxiety, stress and depression.
The main message: Don’t be afraid to ask for help.