This is it: This week is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, and we want to make as big a noise as we can, letting as many people as possible know that we think kids’ mental health is as important as their physical health.
I hope you’ll join us in making our voices heard, to counter the misinformation and stigma that prevent so many kids from getting the help they need.
The message we want you to help send is that kids who are struggling should get help before their impulsivity becomes dangerous, before their anxiety becomes crippling, before their failure in school makes them decide they’re stupid, before their disruptive behavior gets them in serious trouble.
Childhood disorders should be treated before they become adult disorders, which are much tougher to fight. And kids should get help before they miss out on the main task of childhood and adolescence—learning—because they’re too anxious to try new things, too distracted to pay attention, too despondent to be engaged, or too hyperactive to concentrate.
We need all our kids to reach their potential, and to get there we need you to help spread the word about early and effective intervention.
This week people all over the country (and the world) will be speaking up for kids who are struggling and parents who are trying to help them. They will be telling the world that childhood psychiatric disorders are real, common and treatable.
Speak up at Childmind and add your voice to this important cause.
You can join our special Speak Up for Kids mailing list to receive daily updates, facts and opportunities to get involved throughout the week.
Thanks for getting involved with this important cause.
Dr. Harold Koplewicz
Harold S. Koplewicz, M.D., is a leading child and adolescent psychiatrist and the president of the Child Mind Institute. For more on Speak Up for Kids, go to childmind.org, which also offers a wealth of information on childhood psychiatric and learning disorders.
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Last reviewed: 7 May 2012