National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week
Posted on 05/01/2019
National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week

The month of May is Mental Health Awareness month with a specific focus on Children’s Mental Health the week of May 5th through the 11th. Students, parents and the community all benefit from increasing mental health awareness. Awareness reduces stigma, increases understanding of mental illness and supports early identification and intervention. Therefore, demystify the perception of mental health.

In order to support the discussion of mental health, it is vital to remember that mental illness can affect anyone, it is not the result of character, personal defects, or poor upbringing. In addition, mental illness is treatable with proper care and treatment. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, (NAMI) students need to actively see that it is okay to talk about mental health. One out of five adolescents are diagnosed with a mental illness any given year, but only 20% of those that need treatment will receive it. Schools are places where kids can find comfort in talking about what they are going through, seek help if they need it, and receive encouragement when they experience mental health challenges.

By consistently providing opportunities for educating students, staff, and parents on mental health, schools create a culture of open expression and therefore empowering everyone with knowledge to encourage dialogue. As a result, students will be able to get the help they need and together home and school can provide appropriate supports for students as they walk hand-in-hand on the path of student success.

Mental Health Facts

  • 1 in 5 adults in the United States lives with a mental health condition.
  • 1 in 25 (10 million) adults in the United States lives with a serious mental illness.
  • 60 million people in the United States face the day-to-day reality of living with a mental illness.
  • Half of all lifetime mental health conditions begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24, but early intervention programs can help.
  • African Americans and Hispanic Americans used mental health services at about half the rate of whites in the past year, and Asian Americans at about one-third the rate.
  • 90% of those who die by suicide have an underlying mental illness. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, but suicide is preventable.
  • The best treatments for serious mental illnesses today are highly effective; between 70 and 90% of individuals have significant reduction of symptoms and improved quality of life with the right treatments and supports.
  • Additional facts and citations are available at Mental Health by the Numbers.

For more information on Mental Health Resources, please visit the Mental Health and Welness Portal