Most develop their mental health problems during their youth. Almost eight percent of young people between the ages of 15-25 suffer or have suffered from mental illness. This would translate into three pupils out of every class dealing with mental illness or serious mental difficulties.
Talk about it - it could be your path to getting help
In many cases, family, friends or professionals can help you if you are young and experience mental problems. However, if you do not ask for help, it can sometimes be very hard for others to find out whether you need it and whether to act. Even if they can sense that your behaviour has changed, there can still be doubt. Doubt, for instance, about whether they see symptoms that result from actual illness, or whether they are simply a result of going through puberty or going through a rough patch; something everyone might encounter from time to time. It is important that you or others take action if you experience symptoms.
You are not alone
If you are/were dealing with mental illness or know someone who is, you are not alone. Therefore, it is important that we all get better at talking about mental illness and approach each other if we sense that there is a need to talk.
The ONE OF US campaign is working towards removing the prejudice and the silence surrounding mental illness. The aim is to make it easier for you and your surroundings to get in touch, ask about the need for help and support, but also ask for help, if one of you feels bad.
We contact educational institutions to create awareness of the need for open dialogue about mental illness among young people and their teachers. We hand out materials and arrange presentations where, among others, young people with current or past history with mental illness will talk about dealing with mental illness and living out your youth regardless.