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.
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.
Below is a post by Barb Steinberg who works with exclusively with girls. Her tips can be applied to our boys/sons as well!
It's time for prom and graduation/end of school parties, and that means that your daughter may get in a situation where she is around alcohol.
Although 10% of parents believe their teens drank alcohol in the past year, the truth is that 28% of 8th graders and 68% of high school seniors drink. What's a parent to do? SAMSA recommends to "Talk. They Hear You.", with the following goals in mind:
- Voice your Values. Over 80% of kids 10-18 say parents have the biggest impact on their decision on whether to drink, so decide upon your family values and communicate your expectations to her.
- Show you care. Keep calm and neutral while stressing the short-term consequences on your child's growing brain, social standing and academic performance.
- Show you are informed. Teach her about alcohol and how it effects her growing body. Read below for some good info to share with her.
- Help her resist peer pressure. Agree on a word or phrase she can use to have you pick her up, no questions asked. Come up with 5 excuses she can use to refuse a drink.
Three Things We Tell Our Teen Life Coaching Clients About Alcohol:
- Alcohol affects you, even if you don't feel it. How fast alcohol affects you is influenced by many things, including your weight, how much you've eaten, how fast you drink and even changes in your hormones that happen during the month. Even if you aren't slurring your words or stumbling, alcohol is causing changes in how you act and react.
- The only thing that will sober you up is time. Coffee, cold showers, exercise or other "cures" will not speed up how fast your body gets rid of the alcohol. Know this when your friends want to do shots or play drinking games. It's takes one hour for a 100 lb. girl to metabolize 1 oz. of alcohol.
- Have a plan. Remember that some of your friends may want to say no, too - support them. Ideas: Offer to be the designated driver. Carry the same drink around all night; pouring some down the bathroom sink. Have Uber or your parents ready to call for a ride.