Mental Health by the Numbers – Children & Teens
Welcome back! Thanks for stopping by!
We have been talking quite a bit about physical health. Now I want to take some time to talk about mental health. Let’s start with mental health facts as they relate to children and teens. Full details can be found here: https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-By-the-Numbers
The impact to our youth is detrimental, resulting in many suicide. My only son died of suicide at the age of 18, which falls into the range mentioned here. His underlying mental illness was depression.
Please take heed to the warning signs so that we may be able to help our children before it is too late. My son was not living with me at the time of his suicide, but some of these warning signs were manifest long before he took his life, like the risks he was taking, and the drastic changes to his behavior and personality, which resulted in me thinking his father would be better to handle him. That was not the best decision…
Here are some things we can do as parents to help our children who may be suffering from some sort of mental illness. Help is out there and NAMI can help you find it (National Alliance on Mental Illness). The National Institute of Mental Health is another great resource. Details can be found here: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/prevalence/any-disorder-among-children.shtml.
The prevalence of mental illness is real, and the numbers are staggering! Let’s do our part to help lower these numbers, especially for our children.
Until we meet again, I pray blessings for your life!