Children’s Mental Health is an important public health issue that affects up to 1 out of 5 children in the United States. According to the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine report, it is estimated that 13 – 20 percent of children living in the U.S. experience a mental disorder in a given year and an estimated $247 billion is spent each year on children mental disorders.
During Children’s Mental Health Week, May 3 to 9, DeKalb CSB looks to raise awareness, increase acceptance and generate funding for programs associated with the pressing issue of Children’s Mental Health.
In honor of Children’s Mental Health Day, recognized on May 7, 2015, Interim Chief Executive Officer Lee May issued DeKalb CSB with a proclamation designating May 7, 2015 as National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day in DeKalb County.
According to the proclamation, “We must all do our part in the community to make sure that our youth are getting the proper help and treatment they need to reach their full potential free from debilitating effects of mental illness.”
The proclamation goes on to honor DeKalb CSB “for all of their hard work and dedication to positive mental health.”
Children’s Mental Health Matters in DeKalb County!