GET THE FACTS ABOUT YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH!
There is no health without mental health!
- Mental Illness begins early in life! Half of all lifetime cases begin by age 14; three quarters have begun by age 24.
- 1 in 5 youth suffer from a diagnosable mental health condition; yet less than 20% of those youth receive treatment. (http://www.mentalhealth.gov/basics/myths-facts/index.html)
- The median delay between the first onset of symptoms and getting treatment is 10 years.
- Untreated and unidentified mental illness is associated with serious consequences:
- Studies reveal that untreated mental illness can lead to more severe and difficult to treat disorders and the development of co-occurring disorders, such as substance abuse.
- Approximately 50% of students aged 14 and older with mental illness drop out of high school – the highest dropout rate of any disability group. (US Department of Education, NLTS2, 2005)
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth aged 15-24 and the third leading cause of death in ages 10-14; more youth die by suicide than from all natural causes combined. (CDC, 2013: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/dvs/lcwk1_2013.pdf)
- 70% of youth in the juvenile justice systems have a mental illness, with at least 20% experiencing severe symptoms. (National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice, 2006)