“in the United States since 1949. The month is observed with media, local events, and film screenings. Mental Health Awareness Month began in the United States in 1949 and was started by the Mental Health America organization.”
Mental Health Month raises awareness of trauma and the impact it can have on the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of children, families, and communities.
This May more than ever, the mental health of our nation and in particular the children is a major concern. children were quarantined, and isolated behind mask while playing in doors during the COVID 19 outbreak.
Restrictions and great loss hammered the mental health of children triggered by
- Separation from school friends
- Separation from grand parents and close family
- Separation from parental gardians or in worse cases
- The loss of persons from one or more of these groups as victims of COVID
An increase of societal issues was evident with increased
- domestic violence
- violence (against ASIAN AMERICANS and MINORITY GROUPS)
- Child abuse
- School shooting
- Drive by shooting
The young people have to adjust to A NEW NORMAL which comes at a cost. They are unhappy, angry, afraid, suffering from acute stress disorder, adjustment disorder, grief, anxiety, higher mood disorder, mood swings into depression, psychosis, and increasing chances of death by suicide in adulthood.
In 2020, downloads of BetterHelp’s app in the U.S. grew from 50,000 in January to 80,000 in April, a 60 percent increase.
According to CDC
5 most common children mental impairment are:
- ADHD, anxiety problems, behavior problems, and depression are the most commonly diagnosed mental disorders in children.
- ADHD 9.8% (approximately 6.0 million)
- Anxiety 9.4% (approximately 5.8 million)
- Behavior problems 8.9% (approximately 5.5 million)
- Depression 4.4% (approximately 2.7 million)
Great efforts have been made to meet the mental health problems of adults and youths affected by COVID 19.
As part of supporting the whole child in our STRONG CHILD initiative for a better beginning for our young we will are asking for your support to host A BUILD A FURRY Friend event for Children in foster homes, asthmatics, kids of now single parents, loss from grand parents, other family members and friends.