YOUNG ARTISTS BRING AWARENESS TO MENTAL HEALTH
GALLERY EXHIBIT AT THE HEALTH MUSEUM
HOUSTON, TX (May 5, 2016) – Half of all lifetime mental illnesses occur by age 14 and the face of mental health gets younger. Few kids or families talk about mental health, but the #HTxMentalHealth Children’s Art Contest, established by Mental Health America of Greater Houston and the Nick Finnegan Counseling Center, opens the door for children and parents, and communities to begin conversations about mental health.
A report by the Mental Health Needs Council of Harris County indicates that in Harris County, and estimated 152,000 children have mental illness and 91,414 are likely to have a serious emotional disturbance.
“Children’s mental health problems are real, common and treatable, and there must be a greater effort for early recognition of mental health needs of children and adolescents and greater awareness of warning signs,” said Susan Fordice, president and CEO of Mental Health America of Greater Houston. “Studies show that about one in five children have a diagnosable mental health problem, and nearly two-thirds of them get little or no help. Untreated mental health problems can disrupt children’s functioning at home, school and in the community, leaving them at increased risk of school failure, contact with the criminal justice system, dependence on social services, and even suicide.”