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Mental Health Information for Families

Mental Health Information for Families 

Did You Know that Many Mental Health Conditions Begin in the Teen Years? 

  • One in five teens lives with a mental health condition 
  • 50% of mental health conditions begin to show signs by age 14, and 75% show signs by age 24 
  • Warning signs typically appear about 2-4 years before a mental health condition becomes serious 
  • Most people who receive treatment and support early can live healthy, full, and productive lives! 

There are Warning Signs for Common Mental Health Conditions 

If you notice any of the following behaviors, talk to your student. If you’re concerned, reach out to your pediatrician, your student’s school counselor, and/or a local resource (listed below).

  • Feeling sad or withdrawn for more than 2 weeks 
  • Trying or making plans to harm or kill oneself 
  • Severe, out-of-control, risk-taking behaviors that could cause harm to oneself or others 
  • Sudden overwhelming fear for no reason 
  • Significant weight loss or gain (or throwing up, using laxatives, or not eating) 
  • Seeing, hearing or believing things that aren’t real 
  • Repeated use of drugs or alcohol 
  • Drastic changes in mood, behavior, personality, or sleeping habits 
  • Extreme difficulty concentrating or staying still that causes danger or difficulty in school 
  • Intense worries or fears that impact daily activities 

Local Mental Health Resources 

McLean County Mental Health Resources

If your teen is experiencing a mental health crisis, call the CARES hotline at (800) 345-9049. A professional can provide crisis intervention and refer you to local resources (like those above). You can learn more about how to help teens in your life by participating in Youth Mental Health First Aid. Contact the McLean County Health Department at (309) 888-5526 for information. 

*NAMI Ending the Silence is McLean County’s youth suicide prevention and mental health education program. This evidence-based program teaches students how to recognize and respond to mental health challenges. For more information, contact Colleen at