Did you know that according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (2013), 1 out of 5 children you know has a diagnosable mental health issue? And that 80% of children, teens, and families who experience illness, injury, or medical procedures report traumatic stress related to hospital treatment, even under the care of the best intentioned healthcare providers? (nctsn.org)
These factors can greatly impact medical adherence, treatment and physical recovery if left unsupported. Join me in celebrating Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day tomorrow, May 9, 2013. We will be having an event in the Shand’s atrium from 11am-2pm. Stop by for even just 5 minutes to learn more about how you can support the children you care about so much. Help us pull back the veil of stigma that surrounds mental health by talking about it, and by referring your patients to the hospital services like psychiatry, psychology, arts therapies, and Child Life that can support them in emotional and physical healing.
Thank you, as always, for all you do for our patients and for your generous support.
Art therapist and Lecturer for Arts in Medicine at UF&Shands
Board Certified Art Therapist
Licensed Mental Health Counselor