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-More than 43 million Americans struggle with mental illness

-1 in 5 young people (age 13-18) has or will develop a mental illness in their lifetime

-Youth depression rates have risen from 5.9% to 8.2% since 2012. Depression symptoms can impact performance in school and interfere with personal relationships.

-Most Americans lack access to adequate mental health treatment. 56% of American adults with mental illness did not receive care in the last year

-Mental illnesses can affect people of any age, race, religion, or income. A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, and ability to relate to others and daily functioning

-Many factors contribute to the development of a mental health condition, including life experiences (such as trauma or a history of abuse), biological factors, and family history of mental illness

-Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide

-Members of LGBTQ+ community are almost 3 times more likely to experience a mental health condition such as major depression or generalized anxiety disorder

-Common signs of mental health issues include: extreme mood swings, changes in eating habits, excessive worrying or fear, problems concentrating, and avoiding friends or social activities

-1/2 of all mental illnesses show early signs before a person turns 14 years old, and 3/4 of mental illnesses begin before age 24

-More than 1 in 4 adults living with serious mental illnesses also struggles with substance abuse

I have struggled with depression and anxiety since I was 11 years old. 17 years later and I have worked hard to find resources and educate myself in able to provide myself with the help EVERYONE needs and deserves. My friend Natalie and I put together this list of referrals in hopes of giving you easier access to finding what YOU need! This link is private and others will not know you have accessed it, keeping this anonymous for you to be most comfortable. This was our first draft so we will continue to add to it and make it grow! If you have any recommendations to add, or feedback on the information you used, please contact me!!! Together we can normalize mental health <3

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