Once you choose hope, anything is possible.
— Christopher Reeve

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Mental health conditions are common among teens and young adults. 1 in 5 live with a mental health condition—half develop the condition by age 14 and three quarters by age 24.

For some, experiencing the first signs can be scary and confusing. Discussing what you are going through with others is an important first step to getting help. Speaking up and asking for help is a sign of strength. You will be amazed by the support you get simply by asking.

A mental health condition isn't your fault or your family's fault—it develops for complicated reasons that researchers are only starting to understand. But we understand a lot about how you can live well with a mental health condition—and you have the power to take the steps necessary to improve your mental health. 

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Mental health services and supports are available and the earlier you access them the better. Many teens and young adults live full lives with a mental health condition. More and more teens and young adults are speaking out about their experiences and connecting with others. Check out Ok2Talk to see what others are saying. You are not alone—there are others out there going through the same things you are.

Whether an illness affects your heart, your leg or your brain, it’s still an illness, and there should be no distinction.
— Michelle Obama

Mental Health Warning Signs

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  1. Feeling very sad or withdrawn for more than two weeks

  2. Thoughts of suicide: making plans to end your life

  3. Severe out-of-control, risk-taking behaviors that causes harm to self or others

  4. Sudden, overwhelming fear for no reason

  5. Not eating, throwing up or using laxatives to lose weight

  6. Significant weight loss or weight gain

  7. Seeing, hearing or believing things that others do not

  8. Excessive use of drugs or alcohol

  9. Drastic changes in mood, behavior, personality or sleeping habits

  10. Extreme difficulty in concentrating or staying still

  11. Intense worries or fears that get in the way of daily activities

  12. Self-harm

Warning Signs Infographic (NAMI.org)

Creating a better environment for talking about mental health.... that’s where we need to get to.
— Kevin Love, NBA Star

Suicide Prevention & Crisis Hotlines

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If you are in crisis, please dial 9-1-1

Waukesha County DHHS Crisis Intervention Services
Services Available 24/7 — Day, Night, Weekends, Holidays
(262) 547-3388
(866) 211-3380

Business Hours — Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
(262) 548-7666

24/7 Counseling & Support Text Line
Text “HOPELINE” to 741741

National Suicide Hotline
(800) 273-8255

American Foundation For Suicide Prevention


Suicide Prevention Resource Center


Until recently I lived in denial and isolation and constant fear someone would expose me. It was too heavy a burden to carry and I simply couldn’t do that anymore. I sought and received treatment, I put positive people around me and I got back to doing what I love—writing songs and making music.
— Mariah Carey, Singer

Support Groups

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Traditional Support Groups

Ladies First

Young Adult Group

Online Support Groups


Mental Health America

I’m on the pursuit of happiness and I know: Everything around me that shines ain’t always gold.
— Kid Cudi, Rapper

You have to be unique and different, and shine in your own way.
— Lady Gaga, Singer

Love yourself and treat yourself as you would treat your very best friend. You deserve the same love you give to others.
— Demi Lovato, Singer


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