According to the National Alliance no Mental Illness (NAMI) one in five youth live with a mental health condition, but less than half of these individuals receive needed services. Undiagnosed, untreated or inadequately treated mental health conditions can affect a student’s ability to learn, socialize, and experience success in school and later in life.
“In fact, emotional and behavioral difficulties are among the most common health issues faced by our nation’s school-aged children”, says Gloria Martin, Sinnissippi Centers’ Director of Child & Adolescent Services. “Many mental health conditions begin by adolescence. Half of individuals living with a mental health condition experience onset by the age of 14. This number jumps to 75% by the age of 24. Social, emotional, and behavioral concerns may appear at a much younger age,” adds Martin.