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Stamford, CT | Added on May 03, 2014 At 10:48 AM

New research showing 45 percent of teens suffer a mental health issue and 25 percent of teens suffer a severe disorder.  Those are numbers hard to here but also hard to ignore in light of recent events.  Westhill Highschool is calling awareness to the issue, bringing in a special guest to speak to students.

"It is better to have an angry friend than a dead friend," asked Dr. Jessica Welt.

Inside this Stamford high school Dr. Jessica Welt from Connecticut's Child Guidance Center speaks to students about mental health.  

It’s an event sponsored by the students at the school involved in the Mayor's Youth Leadership Council, the largest youth activist group in the state.

"Kids are dealing with bigger issues, they are having more problems and therefore, we are getting more requests for more treatment," said Dr. Welt. 

The Child Guidance Center supports those suffering from psychological, behavior and social issues.  Dr. Welt says so far this year, her agency has recieved 28 percent more cases and 48 percent more calls to the crisis center. 

"The two messages I hope people understand from today is the idea of not keeping a secret or not promising to keep a secret if you don't know what your keeping and telling is better than having that person follow through and hurting themselves," she said.

"We've seen so much recently, especially in our highschools. We definitely knew it was something we wanted to do," said student Isabella Petrini.

That's just one student apart of the day's event. Others you can see standing in the back rows, holding signs that point to the issue. 

May is national health awareness month and if anyone you know is suffering, here's what Dr. Welt want you to remember. 

"211 is a resource.  ENPS is available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day," she said.

More information on the Child Guidance Center can be found at




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