It’s officially back-to-school season! As kids start to head back to school, along with making sure they’ve finished their summer assignments and have their alarms set, remember to be conscious of their mental health. According to the Association for Children’s Mental Health (ACMH), one in five children have a diagnosable emotional, behavioral, or mental health disorder and one in 10 young people have a mental health challenge severe enough to impair how they function at home, school, or in the community.
Though mental illness affects such a large population of our children, it is estimated that as many as 80% of them do not receive the mental health care they need. This could inhibit them from performing as well as they’re able or could lower their chance of graduating.
It’s important to speak with your child’s teacher or school counselor to make sure the school is doing everything they can to accommodate your child’s mental health condition. Your school may have programs in place to aid those with a mental health condition. The school may offer assessments, consultations, teacher training, parent training, or referrals for additional care.
ACMR is an additional resource for parents who have a child struggling with a mental health condition. At ACMR, we provide clinical trials for children and teens that suffer from ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia, and more.