Did you know that one in five young people will experience a significant mental health problem during their years in school? Without help, these problems can lead to bigger problems: poor school performance, conflicts with friends and families, and more serious mental health disorders such as depression, eating disorders or substance abuse problems. Fortunately, there is help and we know that providing support and information can improve quality of life and long-term outcomes.
Please see below for general information and other resources to help you, or someone you may know, that is experiencing problems.
Someone who is currently going through a mental health problem may be...
Troubled by feeling:
Experiencing big changes:
Behaving in ways that cause problems:
If you or a friend experiences any of these behaviors often, you should seek help. Talk to an adult you trust. Family, teachers, and other school staff such as school social workers, school psychologists, or guidance counselors are your greatest resources when you need help. If you are not near a teacher, counselor, or other responsible adult, or if you just want someone else to talk to about your problems, call the National Youth Crisis Hotline at 1-800-442-4673 or 1-877-7WE-HELP to talk to a person at the local DC Access Helpline.
Content on this page was originally developed by the Wellness Integration for Students of Hillsborough (WISH) in Hillsborough County Public Schools and is being used with permission.