May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. This is a great time to highlight the importance of mental wellness and school-based mental health services for children's positive learning and development. Mental health disorders are the most common diseases of childhood. An estimated 17.1 million children 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. Children and adolescents with psychiatric illness are at risk for academic failure, substance abuse, and involvement with the juvenile justice system — all of which come at a tremendous cost to them, their families, and the community. Resource information is shared below. If you would like to discuss further any concerns, contact the student services team members (school psychologist, school nurse, school social worker, & school counselor) at your child’s school.
Supporting Children's Mental Health – Great summary for families and educator working to build a supportive community that prevents and supports children’s well-being
Resources for Families
Resources for Educators