Children’s Mental Health Matters
May 1-7 is Children’s Mental Health Acceptance Week
Previously, Children’s Mental Health Awareness, the “A” now stands for Acceptance.
One positive impact of a pandemic that has challenged everyone’s mental health is that, now more than ever, people are talking about it and know it’s important. So, it’s time to move beyond the term awareness.
Mental health exists on a spectrum and almost everyone experiences challenges at some point in their life. Recognizing that our mental health is just as important as our physical health and accepting individuals who struggle for a period – or for a lifetime – is critical to reducing the fear, worry, blame, and shame that families and their loved ones experience – and increases the likelihood that those who are in need will seek the support and treatment they deserve.
In December of 2021, the Surgeon General issued an advisory highlighting the urgent need to address our nation’s youth mental health crisis further exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The advisory stresses the urgency to move beyond awareness and into acceptance.
Investing in the health and resilience of children is crucial in the wake of the pandemic. A recent study by the CDC uncovered significant worsening mental health in high school students.
- More than 50% of students reported emotional abuse by a parent or other adult in their home.
- About 1 in 5 students seriously considered suicide.
- About 1 in 10 students attempted suicide.
More than half of those on Arden Shore’s waiting list for mental health support services are children. By supporting Arden Shore, you are not only making it possible for Arden Shore to provide effective services that address the root causes of childhood trauma and help families heal, you are also telling children in need that they are a part of your community.