This resource library consists of articles concerning young people and good mental health. Some of the topics cover general issues that can affect the mental health of a young person and others specifically deal with issues surrounding youth suicide. Since 90% of suicides and suicide attempts are directly related to a mental health issue that has been undiagnosed, untreated or under-treated, it is important to address any mental health issue that can negatively impact a young person.

This page was designed to pull resources on a variety of subjects for your benefit. Professional help should always be sought whenever there is a possibility of suicidal ideation. Never try to solve this type of problem without obtaining professional help. The organization that provides the information contained within the links are listed next to the article title.

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Mental Health Issues

It has been estimated that 90% of the people who attempt suicide have an underlying mental health issue. Depression is one of the leading causes of suicide attempts in our nation. The links below will give you information regarding a plethora of mental health issues and how some of them relate to children or adolescents. The articles listed below were written by Federal and private institutions. Additional links are listed in regards to mental health issues specific to student-athletes.

Substance Abuse

Alcohol and drug use, which clouds judgment, lowers inhibitions, and worsens depression, are associated with 50-67% of suicides. Substance abuse can be a stressor on a young person which can contribute to a youth’s anxiety and unhappiness. This may increase the likelihood of a suicide attempt. Student-athletes are not immune to the effects of alcohol or drug abuse. Some athletes will even resort to drugs to gain an edge over competition.