75% of all lifetime cases of mental health conditions emerge before the age of 24.National Alliance on Mental Illness
Focus on Youth
We recognize that each distinct age range comes with a unique set of needs. With guidance from the CDC we distinguish the following:
ALL CHILDREN HAVE MENTAL HEALTH!
While 1 in 5 children in every classroom struggles with mental health problems, 5 in 5 have mental health. In order to improve early identification and intervention of mental illness, mental health literacy has to be embraced by all, not just the affected. Universal understanding promotes normalization of the conversation, which fuels change.
Would you go to the doctor if you had the flu? Broken arm? In a car accident and hit your head? Would you seek treatment if you had cancer? We would not wait until injury or imminent death to treat other chronic conditions. Mental health is as important as physical health and deserves equal support and resources.
Science shows that early detection and intervention with physical illness saves lives. The same is true for mental illness, but lack of knowledge and education about mental health contributes to delays in identification and treatment. Mental health literacy is the key to improving outcomes.