Britney Glaser, KPLC-TV
(KPLC) - Half of all people who struggle with mental health issues start by age 14, yet less than 20 percent of young people get the help they need.
The OK2TALK campaign is working to change that by providing a safe and encouraging environment for teens and young adults to share their own personal stories. The National Association of Broadcasters and Raycom Media (KPLC's parent company) are teaming up to bring more awareness to mental illness in young people through OK2TALK.
For one long and trying year, Kelly Booth worked to hide what she was really feeling inside.
"You look fine on the outside, but on the inside you just kind of feel like you're losing it," she said.
Kelly was dealing with severe anxiety, including panic attacks from the moment she woke up until she went to bed.
"I knew once I started isolating myself and not wanting to get out that I had to do something to change," she said.
Anxiety is one of the most common mental health issues affecting teens and young adults.
Read more at KPLCTV.com.