May 7th, 2009 is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day
It is difficult for a parent to know whether or not youth behavior problems stem from a mental health disorder. When this question arises it is a good idea to start with a psychological assessment, especially if the problems are new and sudden. After all, if it makes sense to take a child to the doctor for a cough, the same should be true for possible mental health issues.
Most of the time, when a child displays negative behavior, the last thing a parent wants to think about is that a possible mental health issue is responsible. Fear and stigma usually delay seeking help for behavioral problems. So, in general, mental health treatment
comes after the child’s behavior has caused family problems or even alcohol or drug abuse
Tarzana Treatment Centers provides specialized youth mental health treatment, as well as adolescent alcohol and drug treatment, at our youth treatment
facility. Our integrated behavioral healthcare provides mental health treatment for youth with and without alcohol or drug abuse
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
provides detailed information on the subject of children’s mental health. The following explains the focus of the 2009 Awareness Day.
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National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day (Awareness Day) is a day for everyone to promote positive youth development, resilience, recovery, and the transformation of mental health services delivery for children and youth with serious mental health needs and their families. Awareness Day raises awareness of effective programs for children's mental health needs; demonstrates how children's mental health initiatives promote positive youth development, recovery, and resilience; and shows how children with mental health needs thrive in their communities.
The theme for this year's national event is Thriving in the Community, with a special emphasis on how high school youth who receive the services they need are more likely to have positive outcomes, such as better grades, and less likely to have negative outcomes, such as involvement with the juvenile and criminal justice systems.
-- Source: http://www.samhsa.gov/children/index.aspx
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