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.

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