Sharing personal stories and professional perspectives is a powerful way to help decrease the stigma associated with mental illness. It also helps empower others to speak up and ask for help.

Not all kids handle stress the same way. These signs can tell you when ordinary worries have become debilitating anxiety.

There is a lot of great advice out there about mental health, if you know where to look. Here are a few examples to get you started.

80% of all chronic mental disorders begin in childhood


Source: Child Mind Institute

The Youth on The Site


All of the kids featured on the "We Need to Talk" website live in the metro Detroit area. We are extremely grateful for their participation and willingness to share their stories and insights. Many of the teens are also participants in Friendship Circle's UMatter program. We are greatly appreciative for the support and partnership of everyone involved in UMatter. Learn more here.

Do you have a story you’d like to share?

We’re always looking to expand the conversation about youth mental health.
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