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May 2022Posted by SUSD Communications on 5/1/2022
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Mental Health Awareness Month is a great time to raise awareness of those living with mental or behavioral health issues and help reduce the stigma attached to having mental health issues.
One in six U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year, and half of all mental health conditions begin by age 14. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), behavior problems, anxiety, and depression are the most commonly diagnosed mental disorders in children. Yet, only about half of youth with mental health conditions received any kind of treatment in the past year.
Undiagnosed, untreated or inadequately treated mental illnesses can significantly interfere with a student’s ability to learn, grow and develop. Since children spend much of their productive time in educational settings, schools offer a unique opportunity for early identification, prevention and interventions that serve students where they already are.
School-based mental health services are delivered by trained mental health professionals who are employed by schools, such as school psychologists, school counselors, school social workers and school nurses. Children and youth with more serious mental health needs may require school-linked mental health services that connect youth and families to more intensive resources in the community.
Did you know:
- Many mental health conditions first appear in youth and young adults, with 50% of all conditions beginning by age 14 and 75% by age 24.
- Early treatment is effective and can help young people stay in school and on track to achieving their life goals. In fact, the earlier the treatment, the better the outcomes and lower the costs.
- Delays in treatment lead to worsened conditions that are harder — and costlier — to treat.
- For people between the ages of 15-40 experiencing symptoms of psychosis, there is an average delay of 74 weeks (nearly 1.5 years) before getting treatment.
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth ages 10-34.
- Schools can play an important role in helping children and youth get help early. School staff — and students — can learn to identify the warning signs of an emerging mental health condition and how to connect someone to care.
- Schools also play a vital role in providing or connecting children, youth and families to services. School-based mental health services bring trained mental health professionals into schools and school-linked mental health services connect youth and families to more intensive resources in the community.
- School-based and school-linked mental health services reduce barriers to youth and families getting needed treatment and supports, especially for communities of color and other underserved communities.
- When we invest in children’s mental health to make sure they can get the right care at the right time, we improve the lives of children, youth and families — and our communities.
Adapted from:“Mental Health in Schools,” NAMI Public Policy Position, Handouts for Families and Educators, NAMI.
April 2022Posted by SUSD Communications on 4/1/2022
12th Annual Mental Health in the Schools Networking Event
SUSD Student Support Services recently hosted its 12th Annual Mental Health in the Schools Networking Event. We are incredibly grateful for the 35 community and social service agencies that came to share information and resources about the services they provide. District staff collaborated, communicated and made valuable connections with community partners.
Families can learn more about the participating agencies here.
Additional links to school and community resources can be found here.