Text Box: For over 50 years  the month of May has been mental health month.  The National Mental Health Association  and the National Council for Community Behavioral healthcare have teamed together to educate families, public officials and communities with the message that Mental Health Matters.
“Mental health problems are more common than any other health problem in America Today. “  Some of the key facts and statistics regarding children’s mental health are as follows:
One in five children have a diagnosable mental, emotional or behavioral disorder.  Up to one in ten may suffer from a serious emoText Box: tional disturbance.  Seventy percent of children, however do not receive mental health services (SGRMH, 1999)
Once a child experiences a s bout of depression, he or she is at risk of having another episode within the next five years (CMHS, 1998)
Suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15 to 24 year-olds and the sixth leading cause of death for 5-14 year olds. (AACAP, 1997)
It is simple to identify a child’s physical needs:, food, shelter, clothing and sleep.  But mental health and emotional needs are Text Box: less obvious.
As a result emotional needs are often overlooked until they surface in other areas such as school failure, behavioral problems or physical illness.
This newsletter is designed to help you be aware of the warning signs of mental health issues and reinforce our power to have positive  influences on the children of our community.
Text Box: May is Mental Health Month
Text Box: Volume 1, Issue 1
Text Box: Wellness
From the inside out
Text Box: May 2001
Text Box: Building Self-Esteem in Children
Text Box: Think of a child’s mind as an empty container.  On the top of their little heads is a huge funnel taking in everything they see, hear, and feel.  All of this information comes in without any kind of filter to sort the information out.    Pretty overText Box: whelming right?
Low self esteem in children leads to a myriad of problems from school and social difficulties to depression and anxiety.
We need to take care of what and how we communicate with Text Box: our children.  Pay close attention when they talk, look at their faces.  Give them the full attention that you would like to have from others.  You are teaching them the lesson of respect.
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Encouragement

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Childhood Depression

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Stress Busters

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Self Esteem

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Global Therapy, Inc

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Text Box: Thought for the day
“Watch your thoughts, they become words.  Watch your words they become actions.  Watch your actions, they become habits.  Watch your habits, they become your character.  Watch your character, because it is your destiny.
~ Frank Outlaw