One in five teens in the United States suffers from a mental health condition, often by the time they reach the age of 14.
Half of them don’t get the help they need, usually because of fear, peer pressure, and the stigma associated with mental illness.
Wednesday at the Zeiders American Dream Theater, teens, parents, and those who work with teens are invited to attend “Say It Out Loud,” a mental health presentation aimed at a teen audience.
The event is sponsored by the Virginia Beach office of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
The idea is to raise awareness by sharing information and starting conversations. There will be a video, followed by a panel discussion involving young adults who will talk about how mental health has affected their lives. There will also be a question and answer session.