Did You Know…?
- Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teenagers?
- 50% of teenagers with a mental illness drop out of school?
- 70% of youth in state and local juvenile justice systems have a mental illness?
There are so many compelling statistics about youth mental illness, high school dropout rates and the criminal justice system, it’s frustrating to learn so many of our communities’ systems aren’t being proactive and collaborating to create change. Check out the infographic below.
What are we doing to catch at-risk kids, provide them help and support, and help them reach their potential, stay in school, get a job and lead productive lives? We find ourselves in a crisis with so many complexities involved due to the many interweaving systems.
There are a few communities that are working together, through training, to identify youth mental illness and connect families to the resources they need. To learn more, check out this article posted on Vox.com and Nami.org: