Mental health issues are a reality for millions of people across the country. Young people are especially at risk, with half of college students reporting that they have been stressed to a point where they couldnt function during the past year. The impact of mental illness is so devastating that suicide is the third leading cause of death among all people ages 15-24.
The good news is that nearly all mental health issues can be improved with proper treatment. When we decrease the stigma around mental health and encourage help-seeking, we can change and save lives. Through Half of Us, mtvU and The Jed Foundation aim to initiate a public dialogue to raise awareness about the prevalence of mental health issues and connect students to the appropriate resources to get help.
Have you or a friend been feeling stressed, anxious, sad, hopeless, irritable or unfocused? Its OK to answer yes if thats the case. These feelings could be normal, but they could also be something that requires help to overcome. If you were in physical pain, youd get it checked out. Mental health is just as important. Reach out for support or encourage a friend to ask for help.