Although the issue of children’s mental health should a focal point year round, this May we should pay particular attention because it is National Mental Health Awareness Month. Throughout the world many children and adults are struggling with untreated mental health issues.
The Child Mind Institute has begun a month long Speak Up for Kids campaign to promote national awareness throughout the month. Did you know that in the United States more than 15 million children have a psychiatric or learning disorder, and that less than half of them will ever get help because of stigma, misunderstanding, and lack of access to good care? Adolescents who do not receive treatment are more at risk for academic failure, alcohol and substance abuse, bullying, conflict with their families and authorities, and unemployment. Because the consequences of untreated mental health issues can be so detrimental for children it is important for the public to be aware and willing to assist in the effort of educating others and helping those affected access treatment. For these reasons we have chosen to participate in Speak Up for Kids.
In an effort to promote this campaign, partner organizations are coming together to offer 15 webcast events to expose and address the barriers that stand in the way of effective mental health care for children and their families. You can tune in to hear leaders in the mental health field share their expertise and answer questions. Useful resources, interesting facts and statistics, can be found on the Speak Up for Kids site at www.childmind.org/speakup.
Visit the site today to learn more and to be a part of something that can truly make a difference.