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.

National Health Survey Estimates of 2007

51% of those children with minor difficulties reported seeing a health care provider or school staff, 14% were prescribed medication and 16.4% received treatment other than medication.

8.2 percent of youth ages 12–17 had at least one Major Depressive Episode (MDE) in the past year. 4.6% male, 11.9 female.

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5.2 percent of children aged 4–17 reported by a parent to have serious difficulties with emotions, concentration, behavior, or getting along with other people, and 14.4 % by selected characteristics, 2007

Males Aged 4-17, 6.4% serious and 16.1% minor difficulties

Females Aged 4-17, 3.9% serious and 12.6% minor difficulties

7% of children living below 100% of poverty level reported serious emotional difficulties, 3.9% of children living 200% of poverty level

85% of those children with serious difficulties reported seeing a health care provider or school staff, 46.1% were prescribed medication and 50% received treatment other than medication.

National Health Survey Estimates of 2007, Table Health 3A 3B 4A