Mental Health and Youth Resources

50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14. And, 1 in 6 U.S. youth experience a mental health disorder between ages 6-17[1]. provides risk factors, warning signs, treatment options, and more about mental health in youth[2]. Despite these stats, there is hope for thriving with mental illness through holistic, collaborative approaches.

Signs and Symptoms

According to the NIMH[3], an adolescent might need help if they:

  • Lose interest in activities
  • Have difficulty sleeping or eating
  • Excessively exercise, diet, and/or binge eat
  • Use alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
  • Have thoughts of suicide
  • Have reduced energy
  • Spend more time alone
  • Harm themselves (e.g., burning or cutting their skin)
  • Engage in risky or destructive behavior
  • Think their mind is out of their control or hear things other people cannot hear


National Alliance on Mental Illness
National Institutes of Mental Health
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
Additional mental health and substance use disorder education and resources, including Tools to Thrive.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Call 800-273-8255 or text 988 or chat
Text TALK to 741741
Conversation guides, social media tools, and resources for patients and providers.

NC-PAL – North Carolina Behavioral Health Consultation Line
NC-PAL is a free telephone consultation and education program to help health care providers address the behavioral health needs of pediatric and perinatal patients.


Place a referral in Proficient for one of these two behavioral health providers in WKCC’s High Value Specialists (HVS) network:
Best Day Psych
BCBSNC Care Navigators for members: Call 800-755-0798 or place a referral in Blue e

[1] Mental Health By the Numbers | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness
[2] Mental Health |
[3] NIMH » Child and Adolescent Mental Health (

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