About Mental Health

Mental Health is fundamental to physical health. It is indispensable to a person's well-being, and to leading a balanced and productive life. Stigma and its accompanying discrimination is the greatest barrier we face when addressing the issue of mental health. The greatest weapons against stigma are information and knowledge.

Approximately 1 in 5 Americans is affected by a mental illness and mental health problems can occur in anyone, regardless of race, gender, age or socioeconomic status. In the last 20 years, scientific study of the brain and behavior have led to new and very effective treatments for persons with mental illness. Mental illnesses are among the most treatable diseases, with a success rate of over 70% in many cases. Quality of life is tremendously improved when a mental disorder is diagnosed and treated appropriately.

If you are experiencing mental or emotional difficulty, seeking help is just as important (and normal) as when you have symptoms of a physical illness.

 Children and Good Mental Health

It is easy for parents to identify their child's physical needs;  a lot of good food, warm clothes when it's cold and bedtime at a reasonable hour.  However, a child's mental and emotional needs may not be as obvious.  Good mental health allows your youngster to think clearly, to develop socially and to learn new skills.  Additionally, suitable playmates, encouraging words from adults and guidelines for behavior are all important for helping your child develop self-confidence, high self-esteem and a healthy emotional outlook on life.

Give Your Child Unconditional Love   

Love, security and acceptance should be at the heart of family life. Your child needs to know that your love does not depend on his or her accomplishments. Mistakes and/or defects should be expected and accepted. Confidence grows in a home that is full of unconditional love and affection.

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