Stress, anxiety, and depression
Mental health matters. If you're overwhelmed with stress, anxiety, or depression, it's OK to ask for help. Talk to a parent or another trusted adult about what you're going through.
When people don't have healthy ways to cope, they may turn to illegal drugs or pills that were prescribed for someone else.
86% of people ages 13-17 feel overwhelmed. 79% say anxiety and stress is a common reason to misuse medication. Source: FentanylAwarenessDay.org
What you can do
Ask your friends how they're doing. Let them know you're available if they ever want to talk. Some people try to hide that they're having a hard time, but talking about it is the first step toward getting help.
Mental health support
For tips on how to have these conversations, and to learn more about mental health, visit these websites:
Seize the Awkward and talk about mental health.
Call SAMHSA’s National Helpline to find local treatment.
Check out National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)'s fact sheets on mental health, depression, and stress.