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Everyone has mental health just as everyone has physical health. Having mental or emotional troubles does not make you weak.
Anxiety is a normal part of life, but when it's so bad it interferes with your daily life, then it's a problem. Want to know more? Read this Reach Out fact sheet. Or take the anxiety screening quiz.
Nervous about starting college? Worried about moving into your own place? Struggling to pay the bills. Check out this Reach Fact out sheet for tips and advice.
Everyone feels sad at times. But if sadness lasts so long, it messes with work, relationships and stuff you like to do, then it might be depression. Check out this Reach Out fact sheet for tips and advice.
Alcohol and Drugs
Alcoholism and drug addiction are diseases. They are also often connected to mental health issues. The cravings for addictive substances can be as strong as for food and water. Alcohol and drugs, even legal ones like caffeine, can hurt our bodies and our lives. Learn more at the Reach Out fact sheet on drugs. Learn more about alcohol abuse here.
Parents Abusing Alcohol and Drugs
If you have parents or guardians who struggle with addiction, you may feel embarrassed or hurt. That's ok. It's important to remember not to blame yourself, and to seek out the help you need to get through everything. Alateen is a great resource for teens and young people to learn skills to deal with this issue.
Eating disorders aren't just about anorexia or bulimia. It can involve overeating, fad diets and other unhealthy problems. These are also tied to mental health issues, and people can get better with help. Check out the Half of Us page for more information. If you're worried about yourself or a friend, try this eating issues quiz.
Fighting with your parents? Family conflicts wearing you out? Do you want to support a family member through a tough time, but you're not sure how? Find advice at the Reach Out guides.
Friendships and Peer Relationships
Struggling to deal with a bully? Have a friend who's not doing well, but you don't know what to say? Read more here.
Loss and Grief
If you have lost a family member or a friend, it can be hard to move on. Learn more about the grieving process at the Reach Out Fact Sheet.
Not sure what to do about financial aid? Dealing with high school bullies and cliques? Check out the Reach Out factsheets for more information.
Sometimes we try unhealthy ways of coping with serious mental health issues and other struggles. This can lead to cutting, burning and other painful ways to try to distract us from emotional pain. Read more at To Write Love on Her Arms and Reach Out.
Do you sometimes feel like you're out of control? Do you need to know how to handle harassment or assaults? Visit the Reach Out fact sheets. 44 percent of victims of sexual violence are under 18. Visit RAINN to get the facts.