School District Recognizes Mental Health Awareness

School District Recognizes Mental Health Awareness and Trauma-Informed Care Month in May
Posted on 05/01/2019
May is the Mental Health awareness month

May is designated as Mental Health Awareness and Trauma-Informed Care Month in Palm Beach County. Mental health and school success are closely linked, and untreated mental health challenges can create significant barriers to academic, social, emotional, and career success.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), half of all lifetime mental conditions begin by age 14, making it essential that schools and communities take a proactive stance in promoting student mental health awareness through support and early intervention.

The National Institute of Mental Health collected these sobering statistics about youth mental health:

• 1 in 5 children ages 13-18 has, or will have a serious mental illness.

• 11% of youth have a mood disorder.

• 10% of youth have a behavior or conduct disorder.

• 8% of youth have an anxiety disorder.

One way the School District is working to combat these realities is by collaborating with community stakeholders in the "Get Your Green On" campaign. The goal of the campaign is to promote awareness of mental health, educate and reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness, and encourage action on mental health issues.

The community is encouraged to wear green on Thursday, May 23 as part of the campaign to create visible support and foster safe spaces to talk openly about behavioral health and trauma. For more information on the campaign, visit www.GetYourGreenOn.org.

Go to https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-By-the-Numbers for additional statistics, resources, and citations.

 



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