Mental health is just as important as physical health to a child's well-being.

Mental health is just as important as physical health to a child's well-being.

Children’s Mental Health Facts

– One in five children has a diagnosable mental disorder.
– The onset of major mental illness may occur as early as 7 to 11 years old.
– Factors that predict mental health problems can be identified in the early years.
– One in 10 youth has serious mental health problems that are severe enough to impair how they function at home, school, or in the community.
– 85% of children and youth in need of mental health services in the child welfare system do not receive them.
– 79% of children with private health insurance and 73% with public health insurance have unmet mental health needs.
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Children's Mental Health Facts for Policymakers, 2006