Today, SOVAproject joins more than 1,100 communities across the country in celebrating the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day to highlight the importance of children’s mental health. About a fifth of young people experience mental illness in a given year, but few get treatment. This year, organizations like the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health are focusing on mental health being a family affair. Here at SOVAproject, we could not agree more, which is why we focus our interventions on adolescents AND parents. Our work has found that primary care providers feel parents are very important players in accessing mental health for adolescents. We hope that our work in developing moderated online communities for parents and for adolescents to share their experiences regarding diagnosis and treatment will be part of the solution in helping them access the vital services they need to be healthy.
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