Children's Mental Health Problems are Widespread

  1. one in five children has a diagnosable mental disorder.[3]
    • 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.[4]
    • the onset of major mental illness may occur as early as 7 to 11 years old.[5]
    • factors that predict mental health problems can be identified in the early years.[6]
    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.[12]
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