Mental illness is becoming increasingly common among teenagers throughout the United States and globally. Recent studies indicate that 1 in 5 teens between ages 12 and 18 suffer from at least one diagnosable mental health disorder. 50% of all lifetime mental illnesses develop by age 14 and 75% of all lifetime mental illness develop by age 24. Mental Health Awareness Month is meant to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public, and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families. The following book recommendations explore anxiety, disordered eating, depression, self harm, and suicidal ideation. Some books on this list are better suited for readers 16 and up.
Looking for more information or need some help? Check out the resources below:
Local Mental Health Crisis Care
- South Carolina Community Crisis Response & Intervention Line: 833-DMH-CCRI or 833-364-2274 CCRI provides services 24/7/365 within 60 minutes of contact to meet the mental health needs of South Carolina residents.
Helplines and Online Resources
- Crisis Text Line: Visit www.crisistextline.org/ or Text “START” to 741741
- List of International Suicide Hotlines: Visit www.suicide.org/international-suicide-hotlines.html
- Love is Respect: Visit www.loveisrespect.org/, text “LOVEIS” to 22522, or call 1-866-331-9474 to talk with a peer advocate to prevent and end abusive relationships
- National Eating Disorder Association: Visit www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/ or call 1-800-931-2237
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Teens Health: Providing a safe place for teens who need honest and accurate information, this website provides resources on mental health issues. http://teenshealth.org/teen/your_mind/
- YouthLine: Visit https://oregonyouthline.org/, Text "teen2teen" to 839869, Call 877-968-8491, or email Teen2Teen@LinesforLife.org