Submitted By School District of Osceola County, Student Services
ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), behavior problems, anxiety and depression are the most commonly diagnosed mental health disorders in children. Across the nation, one in five children and teens are affected by mental health challenges.
Most mental health challenges are treatable and early treatment makes a difference. However, many families do not get the help they need, often due to the stigma that surrounds mental health issues.
Mental health is as crucial as physical health to overall wellbeing. Join us for events in Osceola County being held to raise awareness and encourage families of children and youth with mental health issues to seek treatment and reduce the impact of mental illness on our community:
· Wednesday, May 8, 10:00 am – 11:30 am: The School District in partnership with NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) will host a mental health program, “Ending The Silence” for all those who work and care for families, children and youth with mental health challenges. The program will be held at Ross Jeffries, Student Services at 1200 Vermont Avenue, St. Cloud. Check in at main building to be directed to the auditorium.
· Thursday, May 9: Green ribbons represent mental health. Wear GREEN on National Children’s Mental Health Day. All of Osceola County libraries staff will wear green ribbons and will have bookmarks commemorating this important day.
How can you be part of these efforts? Wear GREEN a day or week in May, Promote Text, Talk, Act app on your website or Facebook page, Act on acceptance, dignity and inclusion for all, Create an anti-stigma campaign at work and/or with your family.