20% of teenagers live with a mental health condition. That’s about 1 in 5 teens. The average class size in high school is 24 kids. Which means that, in your average 9 am biology class, about 5 kids have a mental health condition. Let that sink in. Do you think you know those kids? They might be that kid that you never talk to. They might be your best friend. The point is, you should know who they are. Something like that shouldn’t be a secret, because it’s nothing to be ashamed about. You should be actively talking about mental health in the classroom, in your home, and everywhere else. We should all be doing that. After all, it’s 2017. But do we?
No. The honest and disappointing answer is, we don’t. We as a society are content with being unaware. From the tiniest mental concerns to the more serious illnesses, we don’t do nearly enough to help our friends and peers. Well, we’re ready for a change, and I hope you are too.
We want mental health to be openly discussed, to be embraced and advocated for. We want teens to get help easy, fast, and without any second doubts. We want to provide a fierce support network for all their struggles. We want to be there through the thick and thin, and we want you to never feel alone or helpless ever again, because you’re not.
We are Umbrella Health, and we hope you can join us in our efforts.
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