If you’re new to the world of mental health services, you may have many questions. The information on this page can be useful if you are starting your recovery journey. Even if you are not ready to start treatment, it can be helpful to have these questions answered ahead of time so you or your loved one can more easily access treatment when it matters most.
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Mental illness is common. Research shows that 1 in 5 people will have a diagnosable mental health condition within their lifetime. Half of those people will start showing symptoms by age 14, and three-quarters begin by age 24.
Knowing the risk factors and signs of mental illness and substance use can help with early diagnosis, which has benefits for long-term recovery.
Risk and Protective Factors
The reason a person develops a mental health or substance use challenge is complex. There is no single cause. Things like genes, biology, environment, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and lifestyle can play a role. It is unique to the person, their body and life circumstances.
Still, there are some risk factors to keep in mind:
Going through times of great stress, sadness and grief are normal parts of life, and usually temporary. However, when symptoms linger for a long period of time or interfere with day-to-day functioning, it is time to seek help. Signs may include:
Consider taking a Mental Health First Aid training to increase your knowledge of mental health and gain skills to help someone who may be developing a mental illness or substance use issue. FREE trainings are available in Shasta County. Contact us if you are interested.