Addressing Teen Mental Health in Gaston County

Addressing Teen Mental Health in Gaston County

In Gaston County, teen mental health remains a pressing concern that demands attention. With rising rates of anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges among adolescents, the need for support and resources has never been greater. The Gaston County Family YMCA recognizes the gravity of this issue and is dedicated to taking action.

Teen mental health issues in Gaston County are more than just statistics; they represent real struggles faced by our youth. When you look at teen mental health statistics, there’s even more evidence that young people need this information. For example:

  • In 2019, 1 in 3 high school students reported experiencing persistent sadness or hopelessness.
  • Between 2009 and 2019, the U.S. saw a 44% increase in high school students making suicide plans.
  • 1 in 6 young people (ages 6-17) experience a mental health disorder yearly.

These alarming numbers highlight the urgency of the situation and underscore the importance of intervention and support.

At the Gaston County Family YMCA, we are committed to being part of the solution. We understand the impact that mental health challenges can have on teens and their families, and we are determined to provide resources to address these issues head-on. Through collaborative efforts with North Carolina YMCAs, we have launched the Teen Mental Health Resource Hub.

This hub serves as a comprehensive toolkit for parents and teens, offering a wide range of resources and support. From crisis hotlines to guidance on how to navigate mental health challenges, the Teen Mental Health Resource Hub aims to break the stigma surrounding teen mental health and improve outcomes for our youth.

We invite parents, teens, and community members to explore the resources available through the Teen Mental Health Resource Hub. Together, we can change the narrative around teen mental health in Gaston County and ensure that every young person receives the support and care they deserve.

To access the Teen Mental Health Resource Hub, visit:

Let's work together to make a difference in the lives of our teens and build a healthier, more supportive community for all.



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