Kids Mental Health Issues

Almost one in every 5 children is suffering from mental health problems. This is number is constantly growing. There has been an estimate by the World Health Organization that by 2020, the neuro psychiatric disorders among children will swell up by about 50 percent in comparison to the other health related problems, which would make them one of the five leading causes of childhood illness, disability as well as death. It is still unclear as to why it is happening and why the numbers are rising so rapidly. A theory has been proposed by many experts that they believe it is related to increase stress in the children as well their families and also of better diagnosed problems which have been existent for a long time.

It is true that these kinds of conditions exact to a major and heavy toll towards the young. This includes substance abuse, academic failure, criminal involvement as well as suicide. Less than half these children actually receive treatment as per several recent reports and they include from a 2003 APA task force and also a presidential subcommittee which is quite recent on the children's mental health. The worse thing is that only 20 % of those get actual treatment for it.

The universal recognition is much more compared to places where an epidemic of the children's mental and health problems within this country. This was said by Barry Anton a PhD and a pediatric mental health expert at the University of Puget Sound who chaired the 2003 APA Task Force on the Psychology's Agenda for Child and Adolescent mental health. An action plan which is somewhat similar across the variety of reports on the same subject would differ from the business as usual. This was noted by the psychologist E. Wayne Holden.

The current system would fragment the care by shuttling the children into a variety of uncoordinated systems. The new one though n the other hand would put children's needs right at the centre and bring all the services possible to them through different coordination of agencies, involvement of communities and also direct work with the families as well. A holistic public health approach should be taken towards the children's mental health. This would automatically mean that services would be provided and so would the support. This would be across a variety of different systems over a number of years. This way it is possible to foster the children's ability to live a successful life in every aspect of their life.

One of the ways to achieve this goal which is agreed by many psychologists is to change the entire structure of the system. In importance to that it must move from a model of silos (where systems work independently often at cross purposes) to the kind where they work in collaboration. Many states are already starting to do this as per psychologist Larke Huang, who co chaired the children as well as the family subcommittee of the ex President Bush's new Freedom Commission on the Mental Health along with a famous psychologist Steven Mayberg who was the director of the California's department of Mental Health.