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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

SAMHSA Report: Positive Outcomes For Teens And Young Adults Who Participate In Community Mental Health Services

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

Tomorrow, May 9, 2013, is National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day. This day is part of the Public Awareness and Support Strategic Initiative by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). According to SAMHSA: The purpose of this day is to raise awareness about the importance of children's mental health and that positive mental health is essential to a child's healthy development from birth.

New report issued by SAMHSA

As part of National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day SAMHSA has issued a new report titled: Promoting Recovery and Independence for Older Adolescents and Young Adults Who Experience Serious Mental Health Challenges.

Important findings of SAMHSA report on children and young adults mental health challenges

As reported by UPI.com:
  • 20 percent of young adults lining in U.S. households had a mental health condition in the last year
  • Of these 20 percent, more than 1.3 million had a disorder so serious that their ability to function in many aspects of everyday life was compromised
  • Of older adolescents and young adults who participated in a SAMHSA-sponsored Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families Programs, 28 percent showed significant improvement in their behavioral and emotional health within the first six months
  • 38 percent showed significant improvement within the first year.
SAMHSA's Administrator Pamela S. Hyde offers her observation regarding this report:
“These data show that treatment is effective. Young people who experience mental or substance use disorders can recover and lead healthy, productive lives with improvements in employment opportunities, housing, education and emotional well-being." 
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