Symptoms of mental illness can start at any age and certainly do not discriminate based on age, gender, race or social class. Mental illness present challenges for children and theist families.
Mental illnesses are real, diagnosable, and treatable. More importantly, you should notethat treatment works and therefore there is hope for recovery. Poor coping skills can change stress into mental illness or addictions. Untreated mental illnesses can worsen over time to the point of becoming treatment resistant. This is why it is crucial to intervene as early as possible when symptoms are identified.
Most people with a mental illness experience symptoms early, as teens or young adults. They then unnecessarily experience 10 years or more of treatment delay before diagnosis. This 10 year gap can cause problems at work through decreased productivity, poor job performance, impairment and disability.
Despite the research and improvements that have been made in mental health over the past few decades, stigma remains surrounding the topic and often times people fall into the thought of, “It can’t happen to me.”
While talking about suicide may be uncomfortable and unpleasant for some, raising awareness surrounding the symptoms and behaviors may ultimately save a person’s life. If a person threatens suicide, they should ALWAYS be taken seriously, regardless of their age.