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We all get by with a little help from our friends, so why not empower young adults to support their peers diagnosed with a mental illness? That is the thinking behind the Mental Health Campaign for Mental Health Recovery, which seeks to educate 18- to 25-year-olds so they can support friends and classmates struggling with mental illness.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration oversees the campaign and a website aimed at promoting it. The site, called What a Difference a Friend Makes, includes
Information about conditions like depression and schizophrenia, including common myths and facts. There is also a link to other youth-friendly resources on mental health.
Tips on how to support a friend experiencing mental illness.
Personal stories from young people with mental illness. (Youth can submit their own stories for possible inclusion.)