How Can I Help My At-Risk Teen? / I’m Concerned About My Teen’s Mental Health

I’m Concerned About My Teen’s Mental Health

Thinking your child may have a mental health concern can be overwhelming and even downright scary. But you should know that you—and your teen—are not alone.

In fact, 1 in 5 teens will experience depression1 and up to 24 million Americans suffer from an eating disorder—with most of them between the ages of 12 and 25.2 More and more research shows that the teen years are a common time for mental health issues to arise because of the incredible changes going on in teens’ brains and bodies.3 According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, LGBT youth may be more vulnerable to anxiety and depression than their heterosexual peers.4

The good news is that—especially with early intervention—many mental health concerns can be successfully treated.5

If you’re concerned about your teen’s mental health, here are some resources you can contact for help:

Vermont 2-1-1—a free, confidential service that’s available 24/7. You can call Vermont 2-1-1 to find out about hundreds of important community resources, like drug and alcohol programs, emergency food and shelter, disability services, counseling, senior services, healthcare, child care, legal assistance, transportation needs, educational and volunteer opportunities, and much more. Visit vermont211.org to learn more.

Vermont Department of Mental Health—the state’s mental health agency. The Department of Mental Health focuses on ensuring access to effective prevention, early intervention, and mental health treatment and support to all Vermonters. For more information, call (802) 828-3824 or visit mentalhealth.vermont.gov.

Vermont Suicide Prevention Center—a statewide resource for suicide prevention. Call (802) 254-6590 for more information, or visit vtspc.org for screening tools, a list of suicide prevention hotlines, and more.