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Empathy goes a long way for teens struggling with mental health

The opioid epidemic and recent media attention on suicide have put teen mental health under a spotlight, which  raises concerns and questions among parents. The percent of high school students who considered and attempted suicide increased slightly between 2013 and 2015,  federal data show, while the percent of high school students reporting symptoms of depression remained the same. Still, the numbers are startling: One in five teens has a mental health condition.

It pays to know the warning signs and best responses if you, a friend or child is experiencing mental health problems.

Psychotherapist Andrew Walen, founder and CEO of The Body Image Therapy Center, answered questions at USA TODAY on Facebook that covered issues including eating disorders, anxiety and depression, self-harm, body image and self-esteem in teens.


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