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May 4th through the 10th is National Children’s Mental Health Week!

Since 2002, the Governor of Massachusetts, along with dozens of mayors across the state, has issued an official proclamation for Children’s Mental Health Week. Children’s Mental Health Week is dedicated to increasing public awareness about the triumphs and challenges in children’s mental health and emphasizing the importance of family and youth involvement in children’s mental health.

The earlier mental health and behavioral disorders are identified and treated, the better the outcomes are for the child/adolescent and their family. In any given year, only 20% of children with behavioral health disorders are identified and treated. And we know that 50% of students 14 years or older living with a behavioral health disorder drop out of high school. Overall, 79% of children aged 6 to 17 with behavioral health disorders do not receive appropriate care. These statistics are staggering indicators of how critical identification, intervention, and treatment are for children and adolescents living with mental health disorders.

There are places to go for help for children with that have behavioral health problems and Massachusetts is partnering with organizations across the Commonwealth to expand options and services:

Together, the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health meets mental health needs by partnering with individuals, families, providers & communities.

Children s Mental Health Week 2014

Written By:

Communications Director, Executive Office of Health and Human Services

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