10 Oct World Mental Health Day
This year’s theme for World Mental Health Day, “Young people and mental health in a changing world”, needs to be a call to action. Mental illness among our youth has reached epidemic proportions. Not only do half of all mental illnesses begin by age 14, but for the vast majority of young people the critical first signs of psychological distress go unrecognized and untreated. It’s no wonder that the suicide rate among 15 to 25 year olds is rising faster than among another age group and is now the second leading cause of death among youth. And if you add in fatalities related to drug overdoses, which make up a large percentage of the leading category (accidents), mental illness truly may be the number one killer of youth today.
Our kids are not all right and we need to do more. That’s why Access Institute puts a major focus on services for youth. Our In-school Mental Health program is building resilience in vulnerable children and teaching them how to recognize their own signs of distress and how to reach out for help. At our Hayes Valley clinic we provide hundreds of youth high quality and very low cost assessment, therapy, and medication services. We take into account the complex lives of the youth we serve, providing individualized and holistic assessments and treatments. And because our approach is flexible and long term, we are able to provide young people with enduring change.
Your support ensures that our programs remain strong and growing. Together we are responding to this crisis and making a difference. We are saving our most vulnerable youth from needless suffering and giving them psychological strength they need to thrive as adults in a challenging world.