Monday, June 13, 2016

Minding Your Mind Stresses the Importance of Early Intervention

A campus sales representative and brand ambassador for Uber, Liam Cronin studied human and organizational development at Vanderbilt University. In the spring of 2015 as a member of the Vanderbilt chapter of Beta Theta Pi, Liam Cronin served as the corporate sponsorship chairman for the A Celebration of Life campaign, which raised funds for Minding Your Mind.

The mental health organization Minding Your Mind offers a variety of educational resources on its website, including details about early intervention for someone who may have a mental health disorder. Early intervention is critical to the long-term health of individuals with mental health disorders. Evidence suggests that those who seek help earlier will be less likely to experience a recurrence of their symptoms than those who do not.

Statistically speaking, 75 percent of those with a diagnosed mental disorder will show symptoms by the age of 24, and approximately 50 percent show symptoms by the age of 14. Despite these statistics, about 80 percent of youth who require mental health services never receive them.

It helps to learn to recognize clinical criteria for mental health disorders versus normal behaviors for youth in the tough period of transition to adulthood. By doing so, friends and relatives can help loved ones seek help early on in order to eliminate the potential for it to become life-threatening.

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