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5/6/10: National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

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From the National Institute of Mental Health:

Many mental disorders have their beginnings in childhood or adolescence. The National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey found that 13 percent of children ages 8 to 15 had at least one mental disorder, a rate that is comparable to diabetes, asthma, and other diseases of childhood.

Given the number of children affected by mental illness and the fact that so many go undiagnosed and not properly treated, National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day serves to “promote positive youth development, resilience, recovery, and the transformation of mental health services delivery for children and youth with serious mental health needs and their families”:

Awareness Day raises awareness of effective programs for children’s mental health needs; demonstrates how children’s mental health initiatives promote positive youth development, recovery, and resilience; and shows how children with mental health needs thrive in their communities.

While several towns and communities across the country are holding their own events to raise awareness, here’s what we can do every day:

1) Integrate mental health into every environment that impacts child development from birth

2) Nurture the social and emotional well-being of children from birth

3) Look for and discuss milestones of a child’s social and emotional development from birth

Readers: What else can we do to raise awareness for the mental health needs of children?

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Written by traumalines

May 6, 2010 at 8:00 am

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