Norfolk Public Schools Shares Important Mental Health Resources

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    Mental Health in Youth - The Signs


    Fast Facts

    •  1 in 5  U.S. adults experience mental illness each year.
    •  1 in 20 U.S. adults experience a severe mental illness each year.
    •  1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6–17 experience a mental health disorder each year.
    •  50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24.
    •  Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10–14.
    •  People with depression have a  40%  higher risk of developing cardiovascular and metabolic diseases than the general population.
    •  High school students with significant symptoms of depression are more than twice as likely to drop out compared to their peers.
    •  1 in 5 young people report that the pandemic had a significant negative impact on their mental health.
    •  Students aged 6-17 with mental, emotional, or behavioral concerns are 3x more likely to repeat a grade.

      Retrieved from National Alliance on Mental Health
      Source: Data from CDC, NIMH, and other select sources.
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    Supportive families, communities, and resources can help youth build strong foundations for lifelong well-being.

    • By teaching children and teens coping skills, we can empower them to take charge of their mental health.
    • Know the signs of mental health issues in children and teens. Early diagnosis and treatment can save lives.
    • Start the conversation early: talking about mental health can help children and teens build coping skills and feel comfortable with their emotions.
    • Nurturing relationships and environments are important for helping children and teens develop good mental health and manage life stressors in healthy ways.
    • Good mental health increases the ability of children and teens to practice self-care and face challenges with resilience.

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