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Childhood Mental Health

  • 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.

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