Is Mental Illness a Bigger Threat to Kids than Physical Illness?
Interesting blog post from Huffington Post writer Lisa Firestone. A reminder that October 1st is Child Health Day!
- As parents, our children's health ranks among our top priorities. When fall arrives and flu season begins, we notice every cough and feel for signs of fever. But how attuned are we to mental health symptoms in our kids? When do we first notice that our child may be suffering emotionally or engaging in behavior that is out of the ordinary? How can we tell if our children may be struggling and could benefit from psychological help?
October 1 is Child Health Day, an event intended to raise awareness of how we can improve and protect our children's health. In July, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published findings that "For the first time in more than 30 years, mental health conditions have displaced physical illnesses as the top five disabilities in U.S. children." According to the American Psychological Association (APA), "One out of every ten children or adolescents has a serious mental health problem, and another 10% have mild to moderate problems." The National Institute of Mental Health has further reported that "half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14." These statistics make it apparent that it's time we start taking children's mental health more seriously. We must not only target the causes but actively seek solutions and treatment approaches that will help, rather than hurt, the well-being of our children.
- Continue reading on the Huffington Post website.