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Troubled youth just need more discipline.
Almost 20% of youths in juvenile justice facilities have a serious emotional disturbance and most have a diagnosable mental disorder.
US Department of Justice
Teenagers don't suffer from "real" mental illnesses–they are just moody.
One in five teens has some type of mental health problem in a given year. Ten million children and adolescents suffer from a diagnosable psychiatric disorder.
People who abuse drugs aren't sick, they're just weak.
Over 66% of young people with a substance use disorder have a co-occurring mental health problem which complicates treatment.
Surgeon General's Report on Mental Health
Eating disorders only affect celebrities and models.
3–5% of teenage girls and 4–10% of boys have a diagnosable eating disorder. Anorexia affects 2.5 million Americans and has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.
Children are too young to get depressed, it must be something else.
More than two million children suffer from depression in the United States and more than half of them go untreated.
US Center for Mental Health Services
We're good people. Mental illness doesn't happen in our family.
One in four families is affected by a mental health problem.
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
Childhood mental health problems are the result of poor parenting.
If someone in your family has a mental illness, then you may have a greater chance of developing the illness. Mental illness generally has little or nothing to do with parenting.
Talk about suicide is an idle threat that need not be taken seriously.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among high school students and the second leading among college students. Talk about suicide should always be taken seriously.