National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families

What a Difference a Friend Makes

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What a Difference a Friend Makes, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
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What a Difference a Friend Makes, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
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This 18-page brochure is designed to give you the tools to support a friend with mental illness through his or her recovery process. Among 18-25 year olds, the prevalence of serious mental health conditions is high, yet this age group shows the lowest rate of help-seeking behaviors. Those with mental health conditions in this age group have a high potential to minimize future disability if social acceptance is broadened and they receive the right support. They need to be treated with respect, compassion, and empathy, just like anyone with any other serious but treatable condition. One of the important factors in recovery is the understanding and acceptance of friends. Friends can make a difference by offering reassurance, companionship, and emotional strength. This booklet starts by explaining what mental illness is, whom it affects, and how you can help a friend through the recovery process. Then, it discusses a number of myths and facts about mental illness, and offers tips about what to do if a friend with mental starts behaving in different ways. The brochure is also available in Spanish (Un Amigo Marca Una Gran Diferencia). Modified Author Abstract

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What a Difference a Friend Makes, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA); Web site: http://whatadifference.samhsa.gov/
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