Parents can spot signs of mental illness in children

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The Indiana Department of Health says nearly 20 percent of Indiana teens seriously consider suicide each year. Now, the Indiana Youth Institute is working to get teens the care they need.

Youth Institute CEO Bill Stanczykiewicz said there are several ways parents can step in before it is too late.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health parents should look for signs, such as withdrawal from family and friends, substance abuse and displaying extreme mood swings.

Stanczykiewicz said recognizing these signs is an important first step.

“Sometimes, somebody is struggling with a very specific mental illness. As adults, we need to make sure they are getting the help they need. Whether it’s medical care, counseling or surrounding them with a lot of care and a lot of attention,” Stanczykiewicz said.

Stanczykiewicz says parents and kids should not be embarrassed if they are struggling with mental illness. He says mental health should be treated the same as any physical injury and a doctor should be seen right away.

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