Teens & Young Adults

Mental health conditions are common among teens and young adults. 50% of all lifetime mental illnesses develop by age 14 and 75% develop by age 24.

A mental health condition isn't your fault or your family's fault — these conditions develop for complicated reasons that researchers are only just starting to understand. But we do know a lot about how you can live well with a mental health condition. You have the power to improve your mental health. And it starts with one conversation.

Experiencing mental health symptoms can be scary and confusing. That’s why speaking up and asking for help is a sign of strength. It can be hard to know what to say, but start with something like, “I’m not feeling right. I think I need help. Can I talk to you about it?”

Whether you reach out to a parent, coach, teacher or religious leader, a trusted adult can help you figure out what’s next. Mental health services and supports are available and the earlier you access them, the better.

How to Help a Friend

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​Learn how to recognize the signs of mental illness and help a friend get support and treatment.


Managing a Mental Health Condition in College

​To make sure you succeed in college, you need to know where to find support and how to put your best foot forward.


Friendship and Mental Health

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Friendships are an important part of life. But living with a mental health condition can make finding friends a little more difficult. Here are some ideas on what to do when you meet others.



Check out these infographics on how to start a conversation about mental health, and how to have an effective appointment with a mental health professional.

Finding Support Near You

NAMI Ending the Silence

A presentation for middle and high school students, school staff and parents or guardians.


NAMI In Our Own Voice

A presentation by people with mental health conditions to promote awareness and recovery.


Contact Your Local NAMI

Across the country, thousands of trained volunteers bring peer-led programs and lived experience to your community.


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