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.

Poverty impacts mental health

Children and youth from low-income households are at an increased risk for social, emotional and behavioral health problems. According to the Center for Children in Poverty, 21 percent of low-income children and youth (ages 6 through 17) have mental health issues. Additionally, 57 percent of these low-income children and youth come from households with incomes at or below the federal poverty level.6 Obviously, it is not directly the lack of money that causes mental health problems – poverty is associated with parental stress, inadequate early care and education, and family or community violence, which in turn contribute to mental health problems.

Source: RESULTS-BASED PUBLIC POLICY STRATEGIES FOR Promoting Children’ Social, Emotional and Behavioral Health, March 2012

RESULTS-BASED PUBLIC POLICY STRATEGIES FOR Promoting Children’ Social, Emotional and Behavioral Healths