Teenagers struggling with their mental health, but parents and schools can help

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ARLINGTON, Va., August 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — A New National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Teen surveyconducted by Ipsos, revealed that teenagers struggling with their mental health turn to their schools and parents for information and support.

“As the pandemic has taken a toll on the mental health of our young people, which was already showing worrying signs, this youth survey shows that adults and schools have the opportunity – and the obligation – to help,” said Daniel H. Gillison Jr.CEO of NAMI.

According to the poll, around 1 in 4 teenagers have been diagnosed with a mental health issue, and 64% believe the world is more stressful now than when their parents were their age. Although teens are comfortable talking about mental health, they often don’t initiate the conversation. Almost all teens surveyed (95%) who seek mental health information from their parents or guardians trust them, but engaging in these conversations remains a barrier that teens need help overcoming: only about half ( 48%) say they talk to their parents or guardians. tutors regularly about their mental health.

Parents can help by normalizing conversations about mental health early on and acknowledging their own emotions and coping strategies. To help parents, NAMI offers NAMI Basicsa free educational course for parents of children with mental health issues and is available in person and on demand.

The survey also found that teens look to schools for a role in mental health and trust the information they get there. Seven in 10 teens agree that schools should teach about mental health, and 68% want their school to share treatment information. Teens also think schools should offer mental health days (67%). A dozen states have already passed laws providing for these days, a policy that NAMI supports.

Additionally, about 4 in 5 teens who seek mental health information from their teachers say they trust these adults, providing a great opportunity for schools. NAMI Ending the Silence is an introductory program for middle and high school youth that provides essential mental health information, as well as a personal story of a young person with a mental health issue.

Additional resources for parents: NAMI bases on demand and local NAMI Family-to-Family Support Groups as good as NAMI Children, adolescents and young adults section.

Methodology: This poll was conducted by Ipsos on behalf of NAMI between July 15 and August 15. 1, 2022, using the probability-based KnowledgePanel®. It is based on a representative sample of 1,015 American adolescents (ages 12-17) recruited through their parents. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of affected individuals and families by mental illness. Join the conversation on nami.org | facebook.com/nami | instagram.com/namicommunicate | twitter.com/namicommunicate #Together4MH

SOURCE National Alliance on Mental Illness

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