How do I know if I have a mental health problem? Lately, I feel like something’s not quite right but I don’t know if it’s bad enough to get professional help. Overall, my life is well and I don’t want to waste time and worry people.

It can be hard to know when you’re feeling sad/mad/worried/etc., or if these are just passing feelings, or a sign of something bigger. Please reach out to a trusted adult, like your parent/guardian, a school counselor, or your health care provider. You are not wasting their time. They want to know if there are things they can do to help you feel better. It’s better to tell them and find out nothing is wrong than to keep this from them if you DO need help. You would tell someone if you felt physically sick – think of this the same way!