Sunday, April 10, 2011

Children's Mental Health Awareness Week (May 1-7) celebrates "the diversity and resilience of families"

Most children with mental health challenges do not get the help they need.

Here are some facts to mull over from the Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health:

• 1 in 3 adolescents (aged 13 to 18) with mental disorders receive services for their diagnosis.
• Half of adolescents with severely impairing mental disorders never receive treatment.
• Service rates are highest for adolescents with ADHD (59.8%) and behavior disorders (45.4%).
• Fewer than 1 in 5 adolescents with anxiety, eating, or substance use disorders receive treatment for those disorders.
• Hispanic and Black adolescents are less likely than their White counterparts to receive services for mood and anxiety disorders.

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