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Proposal: Mental Health Awareness among Adolescents

The Mental Health crisis is a growing issue in the United States and the World as a whole. It is a growing reality among young people today. A lot of stigma surrounds these issues even though they should be taken seriously. There is also much that needs to be learned and taught about this issue.

The Issue

Problem Defined

The issue we are hoping to solve is the growing rate of mental illnesses among adolescents, where currently 20% of the population is coping with mental illness Nationwide.

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The dependence on the internet MORE

Studies show that there is a high level and association between high levels of anxiety and depression and the use of the internet. They found that it alleviates moods between ones reality and their ideal reality.

The signs of mental health issuesMORE

Nervousness, illogical thinking, abnormal sleep patterns, sudden mood swings, withdrawal, and a large drop in school performance, increased sensitivity to things in surroundings

A fifth of young people ages 13-18 suffer from anxiety disordersMORE

1 in 5 young people have a mental illness, approximately 20 percent of our population.

  • And eight out of 10 teens with anxiety don’t receive treatment.
  • http://teenmentalhealth.org/learn/mental-disorders/
  • https://www.newportacademy.com/resources/treatment/types-of-mental-health-treatment/   
causes of mental heath issuesMORE

while thesse arent all the causes and the true identity of what definitely causes mental illness is unknown there are some very high contenders.

Brain chemistry. Neurotransmitters are naturally occurring brain chemicals that carry signals to other parts of your brain and body. When these chemicals are abnormal or impaired, the function of nerve receptors and nerve systems changes, leading to depression.

Inherited traits. Depression is more common in people whose blood relatives — such as a parent or grandparent — also have the condition.

high expectation levels. All added levels of what is expected of a teen can cause one to become more likely to contract mental illnesses when they aren't meeting standards for everything expected of them like, getting a job, going to school, extracurricular activities, social skills, family life, and other activities/interests.

Social Anxiety or Peer Pressure. This also causes anxiety where teens may be forced to do public speaking or have disagreeing thoughts than what is the norm for the rest of their peers or being put into a situation by friends where they may fail;all these can lead to conflict and cause anxiety.

Coping with mental healthMORE

Many youth today are put in situations where they can't or don't want to speak to professionals or parental figures and are forced into having to cope with their illness here are common ways they do and ways that help.

Taking time to breath and finding the roots of negative thoughts even though it is difficult and scary understanding your thoughts is a good way to overcome them.

Next is contacting people with similar experiences and finding help through that person the individual that is sought out may also be timid about their problem bu deal with it differently a different perspective can be useful.

But ultimately what helps is seeking professionals who are trained and are educated in exactly what many adolescents face trending now is a specific type of therapy called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a common type of talk therapy (psychotherapy). You work with a mental health counselor (psychotherapist or therapist) in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. CBT helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. CBT can be a very helpful tool ― either alone or in combination with other therapies ― in treating mental health disorders, such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or an eating disorder. But not everyone who benefits from CBT has a mental health condition. CBT can be an effective tool to help anyone learn how to better manage stressful life situations.

Our sources for continual researchMORE









Youth Ranking States with high rankings have lower prevalence of mental illness than low rankings.MORE

Youth with Severe Major Depressive Episode (Ranked least to most prevalent.)MORE

Astronomical costs for mental health treatmentMORE

Charges were 2.5 times higher than the hospitals' reported costs to deliver care. Reimbursed amounts indicated by MarketScan were similar to the reported costs to deliver care. The average cost to deliver care was highest for Medicare and lowest for the uninsured: schizophrenia treatment, $8,509 for 11.1 days and $5,707 for 7.4 days, respectively; bipolar disorder treatment, $7,593 for 9.4 days and $4,356 for 5.5 days; depression treatment, $6,990 for 8.4 days and $3,616 for 4.4 days; drug use disorder treatment, $4,591 for 5.2 days and $3,422 for 3.7 days; and alcohol use disorder treatment, $5,908 for 6.2 days and $4,147 for 3.8 days.

2017 State of Mental Health in America - Youth Data

Mental Health America - (January 1, 2017)

We used this site for their chart showing prevalence for Mental Depressive Episodes and Youth with At Least One Past Year Major Depressive Episode (MDE). the site contains other charts and information about this issue.

Internet Addiction among Secondary School Students in Klang Valley, Malaysia

M., Abdul Aziz1 [email protected] W. S., Wan Ismail2 N., Bahar3 R., Mahadevan2 S., Azhar Shah4 - Article (August 1, 2017)

We used this site for information regarding the connection between internet use and mental health.

Types of Mental Health Treatment for Teens

Newport Academy - Article (October 4, 2018)

This site describes the types of treatment available to teens seeking treatment for mental health issues.

Mental Disorders

Teenmentalhealth.org - (January 1, 2019)

We used this site for statistics and descriptions of mental illness.

Teen depression

Mayo Clinic - Article (January 1, 2019)

We used this site to find descriptions of symptoms of mental Health issues

7 Common Causes of Teenage Anxiety

Paradigm Malibu - Blog (November 28, 2017)

We used this site to identify the common cause of teenage depression.

Cognitive behavioral therapy

Mayo Clinic - Article (January 1, 2019)

We used this Website to find the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 

Go deeper
Charts of Mental Health crisis in United states at varying degrees.

Mental health America - Article (January 1, 2017)

This is a ranking of Youth per state you have had problems with their mental health on a critical level.

Children’s Mental Health

Childrens Mental Health - (March 12, 2019)

This site shows the percentages of children (Those under the age of 18) and provides percentage statistics important for anyone who is interested in learning more about this issue.

The Rise of Teen Depression

Joe Sugarman - Article (January 1, 2017)

This is an Article written by Joe Sugarman from John Hopkins University & Medicine it is written for parents who believe their teen may have depression.

App that helps

Katie Kindelan - This teen's struggle with depression led her and brother to create app to help others - Article (February 2, 2018)

In a study previously mentioned teens may turn to the internet as an alternative to facing their anxiety. This is an example of how turning to an online source may end up being beneficial to the well being of an individual facing depression.

An Examination of Costs, Charges, and Payments for Inpatient Psychiatric Treatment in Community Hospitals

Michael Stensland , Ph.D., Peter R. Watson , M.B.A., M.P.H., and Kyle L. Grazier , Dr. P.H. - Article (July 1, 2012)

This is a research article on the costs of mental illness in recent years.


Brian Iames- 38 years old, Father, Veteran, and Human Services student at Allegany College of Maryland.

William O'Boyle- 17 years old, oldest of three, Eagle Scout, general education major at Allegany College of Maryland.

Brian Iames

The Solution

Proposed Actions
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Raising awarenessMORE

By raising awareness of this issue we hope that more people may realize the seriousness of this issue and those who are dealing with problems like these can find the help they need.

Increase in researchMORE

While we are to small a project to take on funding by ourselves at least one goal of ours will be that, through the raising of public awareness the people will put an extra drive toward the research and development of cures that may one day make these hardships of the past.

Lowering the StigmaMORE

Through the amount of information we hope we have provided you; the realization of how serious these issues are comes into light. Being Depressed is not feeling sad that you made a bad grade on the test; having Anxiety is not being nervous on stage; PTSD is not something you get from loosing a stuffed toy. The overuse of these terms to describe everyday events takes away from the seriousness that people do actually have sinking emotions, where they can't get out of bed, there are cases where people physically can't act out in society, and many times people face trauma that they can't handle or comprehend. The normalization of these illnesses has caused the seriousness that surrounded them for nearly a century to disappear and this is causing more harm than good. We hope to at least lower the overuse of these as norms and do some good by the people who face them and by support from legislation public eyes may be turned towards the critical impact on the community we all face.

More adequate access to mental health treatment.MORE

Regardless of cost everyone should have access to mental health treatment because of how big of a problem this can be if left untreated.

"Charges were 2.5 times higher than the hospitals' reported costs to deliver care. Reimbursed amounts indicated by MarketScan were similar to the reported costs to deliver care. The average cost to deliver care was highest for Medicare and lowest for the uninsured: schizophrenia treatment, $8,509 for 11.1 days and $5,707 for 7.4 days, respectively; bipolar disorder treatment, $7,593 for 9.4 days and $4,356 for 5.5 days; depression treatment, $6,990 for 8.4 days and $3,616 for 4.4 days; drug use disorder treatment, $4,591 for 5.2 days and $3,422 for 3.7 days; and alcohol use disorder treatment, $5,908 for 6.2 days and $4,147 for 3.8 days." (Psychiatric services, 2012)

this is a quote from recent years about the costs of treatment one solution we are proposing is a potential restriction on the upper number that can be charged to treat and or examine a patient with mental health needs.

Expected Results
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What do we hope to achieve?MORE

We are not expecting large results or even that this project makes it beyond our classroom or our college but we do hope that by compiling our research and our hope for growth that there will be some positive change in our society. It would be amazing if this spread nationally but we would be just as proud if it saved a classmate or college peer who is going through having to cope with mental health issues and letting them know they are not alone and that there are ways to combat this.


One option we are suggesting to cut the cost of medical treatment is to propose restrictions on the amount that can be charged by pharmaceutical representatives and those in between production and pharmacy to lower the cost of medicine for treatment. another way we propose to raise money for the raising of awareness by putting on an event and charging a fee and asking for donations we believe you could raise money for a year to raise awareness for this pressing issue.

The Conversation

a year ago
Hi I'm one of the authors of this page. my personal story about why I'm so passionate about mental health.

A number of years ago I joined a youth club while I was there I made a friend and for the sake of privacy I will call them "George". In the time that I was graced with George's company. I found out that during our time there George had developed depression and no one noticed because we didn't know the signs and George didn't know how to talk about it. In a span of about a year George had developed many symptoms of depression and even attempted several times. In the research of this project I also found with the rise especially with young leaders who are more often than not stressed balancing responsibilities and their own lives I was astounded by the number of people with the same experiences as George, who kept acting like everything was fine unable to cope in many situations or if they could find help it usually cost them a lot and they were unable to fulfill certain goals and responsibilities do to their conditions constant pulls on their purse strings. I have now devoted much of my time advocating Anonymously to help with depression and anxiety but I have left out another mental health trauma that plagues those around me.

PTSD has harmed much of the service members of my family and friends and in some cases torn them apart I have added this onto this comment because even though this issue is serious people joke and make memes about the real life consequences of Post Traumatic Stress, probably due to a lack of understanding, the hardships it causes, or understanding the struggles these people may face but it makes it harder than it already is to help those who deal with the stress it puts on their minds every day.

I hope others comment their Questions, Suggestions, and their own personal stories here to help us with combating this crisis we all face and hopefully never have to face alone.

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