Learn the facts, and how to help young people thrive.

tickThe mental health of children and teens continues to be of widespread concern. In the last decade, young people experienced a 40% increase of feelings of persistent sadness, hopelessness and suicidal ideation, according to a recent study.

Additionally, it's estimated that nearly half (49.5%) of adolescents have had a mental health disorder at some point in their lives.

Why does this matter?

Mental health issues can affect many areas of a teen’s life, including difficulty making decisions, struggles with school, increased drug use, violence and risky sexual behaviors.

Early intervention and treatment can help improve outcomes.

Because many lifelong health habits are established early in life, it is important to promote good mental health by creating strong bonds and relationships. Parents, school administrators and members of the community can all help play a role.

Adults can provide positive examples and encourage healthy ways to help youth cope with difficult emotions such as:

  • Getting regular exercise and enough sleep.
  • Staying socially connected.
  • Eating well-balanced meals and avoiding alcohol and other substances.
  • Using mindfulness to focus on being present in the moment.
  • Encouraging open communication.
  • Spending time together.

Child and Adolescent Behavioral Healthcare

Please contact Aurora Pavilion at 803-641-5900 or 800-273-7911 today to learn more about our Child and Adolescent Programs and to schedule a needs assessment.

Sources: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services