What is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week?
Children’s mental health awareness week aims to bring the public’s attention to children and youth living with mental health conditions. The ability to raise awareness, educate, and advocate services that help and support children with mental illness is the main purpose of the first full week in May. 1 in 5 children ages 13-18 have or will have a serious mental illness in the United States.
Common Mental Health Conditions among Children
• Anxiety disorders
• Eating disorders
• Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
• Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Warning Signs of Mental Health Conditions
• Behavior changes
• Mood changes
• Intense feelings
• Substance abuse
• Unexplained weight loss/gain
• Difficulty concentrating
There are many treatment options used to treat children with mental health conditions such as:
• Medications such as antidepressants, anti-psychotics, anti-anxiety drugs and mood stabilizing drugs.
• Psychotherapy- there are various types of therapies that address the emotional responses to mental illnesses in children.
• Creative therapies – such as art therapy, play therapy, animal-assisted therapy and Operant Conditioning/Applied Behavior Analysis.
Did you know that adolescent boys ages 12-17 years old are more likely than girls to die by suicide?