b'therefore, may experience symptoms that are new, or more pronounced, during these years.Like any illness, mental illnesses are easier to treat when detected early.Sadly, many people do not get help until their daily functioning is dramatically limited and some do not seek treatment at all.Without treatment, the consequences of these conditions for the individual and society are staggering: unnecessary disability, unemployment, substance abuse, homelessness, inappropriate incarceration, suicide and wasted lives.Early identification and treatment are essential; ensuring access to the treatment and recovery supports accelerates recovery and minimizes further harm. The best treatments for these conditions are highly effective; depending on the condition and the treatment, between 70 and 90 percent of individuals have significant reduction of symptoms and improved quality of life.Faculty can help to educate students about the importance of early intervention and instill confidence that such conditions are real and treatable.Resources: HALF OF USInformation and true stories from young people facing distress and the stigma that comes with the challenge of a mental illness, halfofus.com National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), nami.org National Institute of Mental Health, nimh.nih.govMental Health Concerns156'