What can you do to help?
What can you do to help? Details
It is extremely important for adults who interact on a regular basis with teens to understand the warning signs of mental illness. Unfortunately, many of these warning signs go unrecognized. The Typical or Troubled?® Program will help prepare you to recognize these signs and how to respond with the three main steps it recommends: NOTICE. TALK. ACT.
Be observant and notice when warning signs of mental health problems exist. The signs usually aren’t one-time occurrences; they persist over several weeks.
If you see any warning signs, talk to the teen. Ask how they are doing and be compassionate as you listen and respond. This is a vital step in the process of connecting a teen to help.
Make sure to follow your school’s referral process to connect the student to help, which is important for treatment, and often prevents problems from getting worse.