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‘The kids are not OK’: How to support adolescents’ mental health | Health

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By Steve Heldon

As a parent, John Broderick failed to recognize his son’s mental illness, with devastating consequences for his family.

For six years, Broderick, a former chief justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court, has traveled to middle schools and high schools sharing his story, urging listeners not to make the mistakes he made, to recognize the signs of mental illness and to encourage young people to seek treatment.

Why so anxious?



Psychotherapist Jeffrey Levin works with Division I college athletes including Jacques Baldwin and Ang Friel, both soccer players at Northeastern University. He warns that “outcome fever” can be paralyzing for young people.



Normal angst vs. mental illness



If parents have a mental-health concern for their child, Talley Westerberg, Winnacunnet High School’s social worker, said pediatricians are a good place to start because, “it’s important to rule out any medical concerns … pediatricians have that longer term perspective on a child’s health and can be a really validating sounding board for the changes that parents are seeing.”



Having the hard conversations



Winnacunnet Junior Gracelynn Hewey talks about mental health challenges facing her as well as students in general in 2022.



Handle breakups with care

Addressing a problem



Joshua-Christopher poses with Susan Stearns of NAMI-NH and Gov. Chris Sununu following a suicide prevention press conference on Sept. 8.





Seacoast Mental Health now has mobile access teams that go into the field — for example, to schools or a home where a crisis is happening — and start to help the client right away. From left are members of the teams, Sandra Somerville, Carin Romero and Kelly Carpenter.



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Source: Healthy Duck.