Posted 05/01/2019 02:08PM


Laguna Beach High School

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May 1, 2019

By: Alex Aronson, LCSW

Student Support Specialist


Did you know...

  • Half of all mental illnesses begin by age 14 and three quarters begin by age 24
  • 1 in 5 teenagers struggle with a mental illness
  • Over 50% of youth and 60% of adults don't seek mental health treatment
  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in 10-24-year-olds


How do I know if my child is struggling or just exhibiting "normal teenage behaviors"?

Each mental illness has its own warning signs. Here is a brief list of warning signs to pay attention to. For a more comprehensive list, visit Know The Warning Signs

  • Feeling excessively sad or low for an extended period of time
  • Excessive worry or fear
  • Changes in sleeping habits
  • Avoiding friends and other social activities
  • Abuse of substances like drugs and alcohol
  • Suicidal thinking
  • Non-suicidal self-injury
  • Drastic changes in school performance

What are some additional resources available?

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a free and confidential resource available 24/7 to support those in distress, prevention, and crisis. 


Learning to Help Your Child and Family is a resource available to families to help support all members cope when a child is diagnosed with a mental illness. 


The Trevor Project is a free 24/7 confidential resource available to LGBTQ students that are feeling suicidal or are in crisis.


If you are concerned about your child or have more questions, consult with a therapist or your child's doctor.  


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Laguna Beach, CA 92651 
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