You are not alone

A mental illness is a condition that affects a person's thinking, feeling or mood. Such conditions may affect someone's ability to relate to others and function each day.

Each person will have different experiences, even people with the same diagnosis.

Recovery, including meaningful roles in social life, school and work, is possible, especially when you start treatment early and play a strong role in your own recovery process.

A mental health condition isn’t the result of one event. Research suggests multiple, linking causes. Genetics, environment and lifestyle influence whether someone develops a mental health condition. A stressful job or home life makes some people more susceptible, as do traumatic life events like being the victim of a crime. Biochemical processes and circuits and basic brain structure may play a role, too.
Peers have many resources. Check out the calendar page for some of the groups and events, or better yet give our resource line a call at 951-672-2089.

TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS

Mental health conditions are common among teens and young adults. 1 in 5 live with a mental health condition—half develop the condition by age 14 and three quarters by age 24.

For some, experiencing the first signs can be scary and confusing. Discussing what you are going through with others is an important first step to getting help. Speaking up and asking for help is a sign of strength. You will be amazed by the support you get simply by asking.

A mental health condition isn't your fault or your family's fault—it develops for complicated reasons that researchers are only starting to understand. But we understand a lot about how you can live well with a mental health condition—and you have the power to take the steps necessary to improve your mental health. 

Mental health services and supports are available and the earlier you access them the better. Many teens and young adults live full lives with a mental health condition. More and more teens and young adults are speaking out about their experiences and connecting with others. Check out the national Ok2Talk  to see what others are saying. You are not alone—there are others out there going through the same things you are.

YOUNG ADULT SUPPORT GROUP

NAMI TEEN GROUPS
Ages 18 to 30ish

Meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at the NAMITV Center from 6pm to 7:30pm.  Check out the calendar for events and information.
NAMI groups are forming in local high schools all around the area. For more information contact your school counselor or send a message to NAMITV. ​ 
Teen and Young Adult facts are from the national NAMI website  NAMI.ORG