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Mental Health Awareness Month: Kids and Family

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 5 children have a mental health condition each year, and 50% of mental illnesses begin at the age of 14. Furthermore, Mental Health America (MHA) reports that 2.17 million, or 60.3%, of youth in America experience depression and have not received any mental health treatment.

Families Working Together 

Research shows that parental well-being is strongly impacted by their child(ren)’s mental health challenges. Improving their child(ren)’s mental health has a positive effect on the entire family.

Accessing Mental Health Resources 

Learn more about Mental Health and Kids, Tips for Parents of Teens and Young Adults, and Tips for Managing Relationship Stress. Register with your HealthSafe ID or browse as a guest using access code RSI.

Note: Enrollment in the Republic Services benefit plan is not required to access Those enrolled in a benefit plan may have access to more resources than those who are not enrolled.

Check out Blue Nation Online next week for more statistics and resources on what each of us can do to end the stigma of mental illness. If you have questions about seeing a mental health professional, call the member number on your health plan ID card or dial 866-903-3787 for the National Mental Health Hotline.

Remember, if your child or teen is struggling, consider talking to a professional. Trained mental health counselors can help you and your child take the next steps together.

If you or someone you know are having thoughts of hurting yourself or others, seek help right away. If you or a loved one is having a mental health or substance use crisis, call or text 988 to connect with the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. If you have an immediate, life-threatening emergency, call 911.