Minding Youth Mental Health

Every good parent wants their child – their children – to be healthy and happy. We go to great lengths to find the right pediatricians, to make sure our kids’ immunizations are up to date, that we get them the right care when they are sick, and sometimes we forget that what is going on in their minds is as important to their health as what goes on in their bodies.

BY Janet Haag | February 2019 | Category: Diet & Nutrition

Minding Youth Mental Health

Mental health and physical health go hand in hand.

Let’s start by looking at a few statistics, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMSHA), 1 in 5 Americans has a diagnosable mental health condition. 50% of these conditions show up by age 14; 75% by age 24, so it should come as no surprise that 1 in 5 youth ages 13-18 lives with significant mental health challenges, depression and anxiety topping this list. The statistic, however, that should be of greatest concern to us is that less than 20% get the help they need.

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