National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week May 3-9 2015


National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, May 3-9 2015, helps raise awareness around children’s mental health and May 8 marks National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.

Early identification and early intervention improves lives.

  •  13% of youth aged 8-15 live with mental illness severe enough to cause significant impairment in their day-to-day lives. This figure jumps to 21% in youth aged 13-18 (Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry).
  • 50% of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24.
  • The average delay between onset of symptoms and intervention is 8-10 years (NIMH). Only 50% of youth with mental illness receive treatment (President Obama, 2013).
  • Approximately 50% of students aged 14 and older with mental illness drop out of high school—the highest dropout rate of any disability group (Department of Education).
  • 70% of youth in state and local juvenile justice systems have mental illness, with at least 20% experiencing severe symptoms. This is what can happen for many youth when they aren’t connected with mental health services (National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice).



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