May is Dedicated to Mental Health

Posted by on May 1, 2016 in News | 0 comments

May is Mental Health Month

The President has proclaimed that May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. “Mental health should be treated as part of a person’s overall health, and we must ensure individuals living with mental health conditions can get the treatment they need,” says President Obama. Hathaway-Sycamores, one of the largest mental health and welfare agencies in Los Angeles County is joining with organizations nationwide to increase awareness, fight stigma, advocate and educate about this important subject.

About one in five American youth between the ages of 13 and 18 experiences a severe mental disorder in any given year. The impact can be devastating, approximately 50% of high school students with mental illness dropout of school. Even more alarming, there is often a delay of years between the onset of symptoms and intervention. This may be due to the stigma and shame that sometimes surrounds mental health and prevents people from seeking help. The good news is there is opportunity for recovery. Mental health disorders are absolutely treatable. Up to 90% of children and adults who receive mental-health services are able to significantly reduce their symptoms and improve their quality of life.

Know the Facts


Children Mental Health Facts-NAMI
Getting Help

If you’re a parent who’s concerned about your child’s mental health, Hathaway-Sycamores suggests first talking with your pediatrician in order to rule out any physical-health conditions as a cause. If there are no physical issues, you will likely be referred to a mental-health specialist, such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, therapist, or social worker. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health, other resources include: community mental-health centers; hospital psychiatry departments and outpatient clinics; mental-health programs at universities or medical schools; state hospital outpatient clinics; private clinics and facilities; employee assistance programs; local medical and/or psychiatric societies.

To learn more about Mental Health Awareness Month visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness website at

To learn more about Child and Adolescent Mental Health visit the National Institute of Mental Health website


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