Art with Heart’s Therapeutic Approaches
Childhood Mental Health
- According to the National Institute of Mental Health, studies show that at least one in five children and adolescents have a mental health disorder.
- According to the World Health Organization, by 2020, neuropsychiatric disorders in children will swell by 50% compared with other health-related problems, making them one of the five leading causes of childhood illness, disability and death.
- In one study cited by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, more than 68% of children had experienced a potentially traumatic event by the age of 16. School problems, emotional difficulties, and physical problems occurred in more than 20% of children who had been traumatized. In those who had experienced more than one traumatic event, the rate was nearly 50%.
- According to Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child, the foundation for sound mental health is built early in life. Disruptions can impair a child’s capacities for learning and relating to others, with lifelong implications.
- According to the American Psychological Association, children’s mental health is an essential part of children’s overall health and has a complex interactive relationship with their physical health and their ability to succeed in school, at work and in society.
Supporting Children After a Tragedy
- Help Kids Express Their Grief through art-making
- Ten Things Grieving Children Want You to Know (PDF from the National Alliance for Grieving Children)
- Talking to Children about the Shooting (PDF from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network)
- Children & Violence (National Institute of Mental Health)