“The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) reports 1 in 5 children 13 to 18 years of age have, or will have a serious mental illness”
Mental health problems at any age are not easy, but if they are recognized during childhood, the outcome could be so much better, than if they are not recognized, or ignored due to the family’s lack of understanding, a lack of information in the public arena, and a lack of funding for families on the breadline. In fact, according to NAMI, “the average delay between the first signs of illness and treatment is 8 to 10 years”.
“50 percent of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14”
This week is CMHAW – Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, and every organization which is involved with mental health, works very hard to make a difference, and inform the general public about the unimaginable dilemmas which affected children and their families have to face. One of these organizations is AltaPointe Health, Alabama’s most comprehensive behavioral healthcare company, which offers much needed mental health services to over 10,000 children, annually.
“Suicide is one of the leading causes of death among people 10 to 24 years of age”
The statistics on children suffering from mental health issues in the US, and the high suicide rate, make very uncomfortable reading. To that end, AltaPointe is conducting a huge promotional campaign this week, and is publicizing its full continuum of care which is devoted to children. This includes: school-based therapy, hospital services, residential services, outpatient and outreach, programs. The organization’s excellent school-based therapy program covers students who study in: Talladega counties, Coosa, Clay, Mobile, Baldwin and Washington counties.
AltaPointe’s CEO, Tuerk Schlesinger, stated: “I am incredibly grateful to our staff members throughout the seven-county region we serve, who are working together to adopt and implement best-practice approaches. This will improve the quality of care for our youngest of patients”.
According to NAMI, “the average delay between the first signs of illness and treatment is 8 to 10 years”.
Getting Treatment As Soon As Possible
Mental health specialists all say that the quicker a mental health sufferer seeks treatment, the better their chance of recovery. – But a child cannot do this alone, and an adolescent, who could take action, may feel intimated about the stigma which is all too often attached to this common problem.
Getting In Touch With CarePointe
This is the name of AltaPointe’s call center, which is normally the first point of call for patients returning or entering AtlaPointe care. The service, which is 24/7/365, is manned by sympathetic specialists, who speak at depth with callers, and give them lots of useful information. The numbers are: (888) 335-3044 and (251) 450-2211.
Making A Difference
If you know any child who you suspect has mental health difficulties, but is not receiving treatment, and you feel needs help, scout the internet for Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week initiatives, and recommend them to the child’s family. You could be the one person that changes their future life for the better…