We often hear that our teenage and young adult years will be the best time of our lives. But for many, this critical period of mental, emotional and social development, can be stressful for teenagers and young adults as we begin to determine who we are and plan for the future.
Behavioral health problems are common and can make things like work, school and socializing more difficult. One in five adolescents, age 13 to 18, live with a mental health condition. Between 20% and 30% will have one major depressive episode before they reach adulthood. Half of all lifetime cases of mental disorders will first present by age 14 and 75% will present by age 24.
If you are experiencing mental and behavioral health problems, help is available!
Crisis Text Line
- Text HOME to 741741
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
- 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
Trevor Project (LGBTQ+ Youth)
- Text START to 678678
Statewide Maryland Crisis Helpline
- 2-1-1, Press 1
If you or a loved one needs assistance or is thinking of suicide, please get help immediately. These resources below offer immediate help.
MARYLAND CRISIS HOTLINE
Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
2-1-1 Maryland 211 Maryland is the state’s most comprehensive health and human services resource database, connecting Marylanders to essential resources by phone, text, chat and web. English and Spanish speaking resources are available 24/7/365, with translation in 150+ languages. Call 2-1-1 or search for resources, including behavioral health resources. Learn more about How Parents and Caregivers Can Support Teen Mental Health
We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States.
stopbullying.gov is a federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services with resources and information on bullying.
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24
Visit the National Institute of Mental Health’s website for information on specific brain diseases as well as to learn more about the latest research and clinical trial information.
Teen Drug Abuse is an excellent resource from DrugRehab.com. Drugs and alcohol have a greater effect on teens than on adults. The signs of addiction can be difficult to understand, and many teens don’t realize the long-term damage drugs have on their bodies because the short-term side effects fade. Help is available for teens who have questions about drug abuse or think they are suffering from addiction.
Addiction Center is a free web information guide that connects addicts and their families with the help they need to put their lives together. Our goal is to help teens and their families by providing them with information and support on different substances, addictions, and recovery resources.