Children's Mental Health Day, May 4, 2017 is designated to raise our awareness about the importance of positive mental health for a child's healthy development.

One study indicates that adverse Childhood Experiences also known as ACE's alone may explain 45% of all childhood onset mental health issues and 29% of adult mental health issues. According to the National Childhood Traumatic Stress Network, Child Traumatic Stress occurs when children and exposed to traumatic situations that overwhelm or their ability to cope. One out of 4 children in school has been exposed to a traumatic event that can affect learning or behavior. Trauma can impact school performance and impair learning. There are various examples of adverse child experiences we have witnessed, i.e.; community violence, natural disasters such as hurricanes /floods and physical abuse. We can help a child who has been traumatized by recognizing the signs and symptoms of emotional and physical distress, being supportive, maintaining regular routine and knowing when to seek professional help.

This year's national theme is "Partnering for Help and Hope with the goal of Increasing Understanding of the Connection between Physical and Behavioral Health."

For more information contact: debra.rudber@illinois.gov

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day 2017

National Children's MH Awareness Day5.4.17 (pdf)