We all experience different levels of mental health throughout our lifetime, but when mental health challenges are persistent and interfere with daily life, such as work or relationships, it’s time to seek additional support.
There are many kinds of mental health disorders – depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and others – and while we don’t know all the causes, we do know that they are not the result of weakness or personal failing and that they are highly treatable. In fact, with treatment and support, 70-90% of people with a mental health challenge report reduced symptoms and improved quality of life.
Children’s mental health problems are real, common and treatable. Although one in five children has a diagnosable mental health problem, nearly two-thirds of them get little or no help.
Untreated mental health problems can undermine a child’s ability to thrive at home, school and in the community. Without treatment, children with mental health issues are at increased risk for problems now and later in life, such as problems in school (including dropping out), getting involved with the criminal justice system, unemployment and suicide.