National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, May 10
This year’s National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day theme is Partnering for Health and Hope Following Trauma.
Mental health disorders are common and treatable. One in five U.S. children will experience a mental health disorder that affects his or her daily functioning. Fifty percent of all lifetime cases of mental disorders begin by age 14. When left untreated, mental health disorders can have a negative impact an individual’s life, but there is hope.
Prevention and early intervention works. Project AWARE Ohio offers free resources and training to help districts and schools detect and respond to student mental health challenges. Visit the Project AWARE Ohio statewide resources webpage.
The Department also has made available a trauma-informed schools webpage that offers information and resources about trauma, the impact of trauma on development and education and how trauma-informed schools can intervene. A trauma-informed school is one in which all students and staff feel safe, welcomed and supported and where the impact of trauma on teaching and learning is at the center of the educational mission.