Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week
We know how important diagnosis and proper treatment is for children who have medical conditions like asthma or epilepsy. The same is certainly true for the 15 million children who have mental-health problems such as depression, anxiety, or ADHD—half of whom never receive any professional help. This is partially due to the shortage of child psychiatrists and other barriers to care, but sadly, the fear of stigma also prevents some parents from seeking help.
A child who has a psychiatric disorder isn’t a bad kid or crazy—and his parents shouldn’t feel guilty. However, many parents aren’t sure whether their child’s behavior is normal or naughty—or cause for real concern. In recognition of National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week (May 1-7), the Child Mind Institute and the American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry have organized an educational campaign called Speak Up For Kids! More than 500 child and adolescent psychiatrists and other mental health professionals will be giving talks in communities around the country about what to look for and who can help when people are worried about a child. (Click here to find a talk near you, and click here to learn more about red flags in children.) All children deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential, and to be happy and successful with friends, at school, and at home.Add a Comment