Signs of mental illness

Some general symptoms of mental illness include the following:

  • Changes in school performance despite strong efforts
  • Inability to cope with daily activities and problems
  • Changes in sleep and/or eating habits  
  • Persistent disobedience or agressive behavior 
  • Persistent negative mood
  • Defying authority
  • Frequent temper tantrums
  • Hyperactivity or fidgeting
  • Depression or sadness

Did you know?

  • 4,000,000 children and adolescents suffer from a serious mental disorder
  • Suicide is the third cause of death in youth ages 15 through 24. More youth die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease and AIDS to name a few. 
  • Approximately 50% of students age 14 and older who are living with a mental illness drop out of high school. 
  • Youth with unidentified and untreated mental health disorders also tragically end up in jails and prisons. An alarming 65% of males and 75% females in juvenile detention have at least one mental illness.