• SOME BASIC FACTS ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH
    • About one in five adults (18 and older) has a diagnosable mental health issue.
    • One in five children and adolescents in the US has a mental health issue that interferes with daily functioning.  Yet fewer than one in five of these children receive the mental health services they need. (US Surgeon General's Report)
    • Mental health diagnoses are more common than cancer, diabetes, or heart disease.
    • Mental health issues can affect people of ALL ages, incomes, races, religions, IQ's, sexual orientations, lifestyles and cultures.
    • Mental health issues often appear for the first time during adolesence and young adulthood.
    • There has been a 246% increase over eight years in mental health diagnoses in young people ages 6-21.
    • The number of young people struggling with issues related to depression and anxiety continues to increase.
    • Child and family trauma is widespread, affecting up to 25% of all families...and growing
    • Providing mental health consultation EARLY can prevent conduct disorder (reduces expulsions from 14% to 8%).
    • Treating depression in adolescents CAN reduce substance abuse (43% of children who use mental health services, also have a substance abuse disorders).
    • Young children with challenging behavior and social/emotional problems experience greater rates of early school failure and poor relationships.  Skills that they do have go unrecognized. The challenging behaviors are seen, and not the childrens' competencies.
    • All students do best when they are individually recognized, affirmed and understood.
    • Help is available!  With help, between 70 and 90% of people with mental health issues experience a significant reduction of symptoms and an improved quality of life.

     

    Student Services staff are available to do screenings and/or to help with referrals to agencies and practitioners in the community who can help.  If you have concerns, give us a call or stop by.