Mental Health Is Important. Mental health is how people think, feel, and act as they face life's situations. It affects how people handle stress, relate to one another, and make decisions. Mental health influences the ways individuals look at themselves, their lives, and others in their lives. Like physical health, mental health is important at every stage of life.
Children and Adolescents Can Have Serious Mental Health Problems. Like adults, children and adolescents can have mental health disorders that interfere with the way they think, feel, and act. When untreated, mental health disorders can lead to school failure, family conflicts, drug abuse, violence, and even suicide. Untreated mental health disorders can be very costly to families, communities, and the health care system.
Mental Health Disorders Are More Common in Young People than Many Realize. Studies show that at least one in five children and adolescents have a mental health disorder. At least one in 10, or about 6 million people, have a serious emotional disturbance.¹
¹ U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (1999). Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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For information and warning signs about the following disorders, click on the topic below:
ANXIETY—including Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
For help or more information contact any of the following individuals, groups, or agencies:
--Family physician or local/area clinic--Mental Health Center of North Iowa— 641-424-2075, 1-800-700-4692
--Family services, social agencies, or clergy
--Check the phone book under “mental health”, “health”, “social services”, “hotlines” or “physicians” for phone numbers and addresses.
An emergency room doctor also can provide temporary help and can tell you where and how to get further help.
FOR AFTER HOURS HELP CALL:
24 Hours Daily—Confidential--Free
National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
Teen Help Line: 1-800-443-8336
Teen Help Line is not a crisis or “hotline”. The line provides health information & referral services for Iowa teens.
If you are thinking of harming yourself or know someone who is, tell someone who can help immediately.
--Call your doctor.
--Call 911 or go to a hospital emergency room to get immediate help or ask a friend or family member to help you do these things.
--Call the toll-free, 24-hour hotline number for the
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
--Make sure you or the suicidal person is not left alone.
HELPFUL LINKS—What is mental illness?
National Alliance on Mental Illness
National Mental Health Information Center
American Psychiatric Association (APA)