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1. 1 in 5 individuals 18 to 25-year-old’s experienced a mental illness in the past year

2. 50% percent of mental health disorders begin before age 14 and 75% before age 24.

3. Depression and bipolar disorder affect approximately 14% of youth age 13-17 source:

4. The rate of teen suicide has increased over the last decade. Suicide is now the second leading cause of death for teens and young adults in the United States

5. Many risk-taking behaviors for health, such as substance use or sexual risk-taking, start during adolescence. Risk-taking behaviors can be both an unhelpful strategy to cope with poor mental health and can severely impact an adolescent’s mental and physical well-being. Source: