Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

May 10, 2018 is National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day! This annual observance raises awareness about the importance of children's mental health and its impact on their healthy development. The national theme for 2018 is Partnering for Health and Hope Following Trauma. It focuses on the importance of an integrated approach to caring for the mental health of children and families who experience trauma. Learn more and get involved at https://www.samhsa.gov/children/awareness-day/2018. Learn more about KBH's Child & Family Services.

Check out some of the resources and facts below:

Children's Mental Health infographic

School & Teen Stress

Social Emotional Tips for Families with Toddlers

Social Emotional Tips for Families with Infants

The Numbers:

  • 1 in 5 children ages 13-18 have, or will have a mental illness!
  • 11% of youth have a mood disorder
  • 10% of youth have a behavior disorder
  • 8% of youth have an anxiety disorder
  • 50% of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24
  • 37% of students with a mental health condition age 14+ drop out of school
  • Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death in youth ages 10-24

 

Warning Signs:

  • Doing worse in school and/or loss of interest in friends and hobbies
  • Out-of-control behavior and/or repeated use of drugs or alcohol
  • Excessively sad, withdrawn or angry
  • Consistently and intensely worried, anxious or fearful
  • Changes in appetite, sleep and other habits

 

What to Do?:

  • Talk with your pediatrician
  • Work with child’s teachers and school
  • Get a referral to a mental health specialist
  • Connect with others or join a support group

*This article cites statistics provided by the National Institute of Mental Health. www.nimh.nih.gov

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