Concerns with mental health can happen to anyone, at any age, and are the result of a number of factors:
- Biological factors such as a family history of mental health problems
- Trauma such as abuse, neglect, a significant loss, or death
- Self-esteem and coping skills
- Current stressors like excessive stress at school, work or in relationships
- Serious illness or physical injury
- Drug or alcohol use and experimentation
Common mental health problems experienced by young people are anxiety (worrying too much of the time) and depression (feeling sad and tired too much of the time). Other problems include:
- Eating Disorders
- Bipolar Disorder
- Self-Harming behaviors
- Attention Deficit Disorders
What makes a situation a crisis?
Experts agree you are in crisis if you feel desperate and hopeless, are thinking of hurting yourself or someone else or feel alone with no one to turn to.
You are in crisis if you have made a plan to hurt yourself or someone else, have the way to hurt yourself or someone else available or have previously tried to hurt yourself or complete suicide.