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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

“Mental health disorders are the most common diseases of childhood.

 

Of the 74.5 million children in the United States, an estimated 17.1 million have or have had a psychiatric disorder — more than the number of children with cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined.  Half of all psychiatric illness occurs before the age of 14, and 75 percent by the age of 24.

 

In spite of the magnitude of the problem, lack of awareness and entrenched stigma keep the majority of these young people from getting help.  Children and adolescents with psychiatric illness are at risk for academic failure, substance abuse, and a clash with the juvenile justice system — all of which come at a tremendous cost to them, their families, and the community.”

 

NORTH CAROLINA RANKED 45TH OVERALL IN THE NATION FOR HAVING A HIGHER PREVALENCE OF MENTAL HEALTH ILLNESS IN YOUTH AND HAVING LOWER RATES OF ACCESS TO CARE.  THIS IS EXTREMELY HIGH!

 

  • 1 in 6 US children aged 2-8 years (17.4%) had a diagnosed mental, behavioral, or developmental disorder
  • Education and finances have historically been a huge barrier to mental health care.

 

The prevalence in America of the following disorders (approximate)

  • Anxiety 31.9%
  • ADHD/Disruptive Behaviors 19.6%
  • Depression/Bipolar Disorders 14.3%
  • Eating disorders 2.7%

Due to the pandemic, these numbers are expected to rise. 

 

It is so important to provide support to every child who comes through your doors because the need will always be there.  The pandemic has highlighted and increased those needs.  Be gentle with them and be gentle with yourself. 

 

https://mhanational.org/issues/2021/mental-health-america-youth-data

 

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/COVID-19/Pages/Signs-your-Teen-May-Need-More-Support.aspx