Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Children's Mental Health Matters

Today is National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day. Did you know that one in five children in the United States experience a mental health issue or problem and only one in five receive treatment? Research shows that recovery is possible when community-based services and supports are provided to children with mental health challenges. If you have a child who needs help, visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to find resources in your area.

SAMHSA will be observing Awareness Day at a special event in Washington, DC this evening with actress Jamie Lee Curtis and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. You can watch the live webcast here. SAMHSA's focus this year for Awareness Day is building resilience for young children coping with traumatic experiences. Nearly 26 percent of children experience a traumatic experience, such as death of a loved one, divorce, natural disasters and/or physical or sexual abuse, before the age of four. It is a shocking statistic, but we can help children deal with trauma and prevent negative outcomes from occurring as they develop. Learn more about this important issue and help yourself and your family face these issues and bloom, developing a healthier, more successful future.

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