Mental Health Numbers in Children

May 19 2021

Did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control, 1 in 6 U.S. children are diagnosed with a mental, behavioral, or developmental disorder by the time they are eight years old?  That number increases to 1 in 5 for children living below 100% of the federal poverty level. 

 According to the World Health Organization, “Childhood behavioral disorders are the second leading cause of disease burden in young adolescents aged 10-14 years and the eleventh leading cause among older adolescents aged 15-19 years.”  Early detection and treatment are key for adolescents.  Most importantly, avoiding institutionalization and prioritizing nonpharmacological approaches are the most effective ways to support the mental and behavioral health needs of youth. 

 Visit this WHO website to learn about some of the most common mental health issues affecting young people today.

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