March 2nd is World Teen Mental Wellness Day. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) states that one in five teenagers has a mental health condition. For additional information or tips, visit the NAMI Teens page.

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that half of all mental health issues start before a child reaches the age of 14. Unfortunately, most cases are not diagnosed or treated by this time. The most common mental illnesses in teens are generalized anxiety disorder, social phobias, and depression.

The “Your Life Iowa” website has information on mental health issues for adults and teens, as well as other concerns. Live support is available 24/7 via calls, text, or live chat. Or reach out to Sieda Behavioral Health and Treatment Services for help at 641-683-6747.