one in five children has a diagnosable mental disorder.
- one in 10 youth has serious mental health problems that are severe enough to impair how they function at home, school, or in the community.
- the onset of major mental illness may occur as early as 7 to 11 years old.
- factors that predict mental health problems can be identified in the early years.
mental health system inadequate to meet needs of children and youth
most children and youth with mental health problems do not receive needed services.
- 75% to 80% of children and youth in need of mental health services do not receive them.