A million Coloradans experience a mental health or substance use disorder every year. Although treatment is effective, half of those people will not get the care that they need (Mental Health America, 2019, The State of Mental Health in America)
When someone is experiencing a mental health or substance use issue, they may begin to exhibit certain behaviors. As a family member or friend, you may notice certain changes in your loved one that indicate they are experiencing a mental health or substance use issue.
Children and adolescents may display different signs of a mental illness, depending on their developmental level. Some of the behaviors that might indicate your child is experiencing a mental illness include:
It can be difficult to tell the difference between behaviors that are normal based on your child’s development and behaviors that indicate they need more support. Learn more from the National Institute on Mental Illness about the difference between normal development and potential signs of a mental illness in children and adolescents, as well as what steps you can take as a parent to care for you child.
If you begin to recognize the signs of a mental illness or are concerned about substance use in a friend or family member, there are a number of steps you can take:
We’re constantly trying to improve how we help the community gain access to the care and resources they are looking for. If you have a few moments, feel free to take our survey below to help us improve this site.