Improving Access to Mental Health Services for Children and Youth
Mental health disorders are one of the leading causes of disability among adolescents, affecting about one in five children in this age group. Infants and young children can also have mental health disorders that affect their relationships and overall development; about 1 in 10 children age birth to 5 experience social and emotional problems.ii Getting care and support for these problems early is essential to help prevent them from getting worse or interfering with growth and learning.
National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day—May 5, 2016—shines a light on this serious issue. The theme for this year’s event, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is “Finding Help, Finding Hope,” recognizing the need to improve access to behavioral health services and supports for infants, children, youth, and young adults with mental and substance use disorders and their families. Learn More.