• Mental Health

    Mental Health Awareness

    Nearly 5 million children in the U.S. have some type of serious mental illness. The illness significantly interferes with daily life. In any given year, 20 % of American children will be diagnosed with a mental illness. Mental illness refers to a wide range of mental conditions that affect mood, thinking, and behavior.

    Types of Mental Disorders that can affect children and adolescents:

    • Anxiety Disorders
    • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
    • Disruptive Behavior Disorders
    • Pervasive Development Disorders
    • Eating Disorders
    • Elimination Disorders
    • Learning and Communication Disorders
    • Affective Mood Disorders
    • Schizophrenia
    • TIC Disorders

    Some of these disorders can occur in adults as well as children.

    Basics for a child’s good mental health:

    • Unconditional love from family
    • Self-Confidence and high self-esteem
    • The opportunity to play with other children
    • Encouraging teachers and supportive caretakers
    • Safe and secure surroundings
    • Appropriate guidance and instructive discipline

    Parents and family members are usually the first to notice if a child has problems with emotions or behavior. Your observations with those of teachers and other caregivers may lead to seek help for your child. If you suspect a problem or have questions consult your pediatrician or a school counselor.

    Springtown ISD Counselors have a list of Community Resources.

    Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8256):  http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org