We revisit a previous blog:
When your child has a sore throat, you go to the doctor, who makes the diagnosis and prescribes treatment that will return him or her to school happy and healthy. This process is just as important, but often far more complicated if your child suffers from a mental health issue.
Children’s mental health is every bit as essential as physical health, and together they have a tremendous impact on a child’s success at home, in school and in society.
If no treatment occurs, over time the child’s issues just worsen. They simply do not just go away.
Whether the child’s problem is stress or an anxiety disorder or the result of trauma, whether it is depression or schizophrenia, diagnosis and proper treatment is every bit as important as treating strep throat.
As part of its annual Speak Up For Kids Campaign, the Child Mind Institute Mental Health Report was released, and it contains the latest, most reliable information about the scope of children’s mental health in America. These are just some of the powerful statistics:
- 17 million young people have or have had a diagnosable psychiatric disorder.
- 40% percent of kids with ADHD aren’t getting treatment.
- 60% of kids with depression aren’t getting treatment.
- 80% of kids with an anxiety disorder aren't getting treatment.
As Student Support Counselors, we want to be able to support your child at school. We are with your child for over 40 hours each week. Let us know what is going on and let’s together come up with a plan to support your child’s needs.
May Mental Health Awareness Month!
Help spread the word about mental health and suicide prevention. Nine out of 10 people who die by suicide have a diagnosable mental health condition at the time of their death.
-Kristi and Katie