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May Is Children Mental Health Awareness Month

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There are more than 780,000 children and youth under the age of 18 in the State of Mississippi, and nearly one in five could benefit from short-term mental health treatment through a community health center, school-based or nonprofit therapist, or private practitioner.

Almost 36,000 Mississippi children have persistent mental health needs which can impact every aspect of their lives requiring comprehensive mental health services.

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The cost to our children, families and community are significant, not only in dollars but also in lost futures, broken families and great heartache.

With early detection and appropriate treatment, many of our children with serious mental health needs can grow up to lead healthy, fulfilling, and productive lives.

Our community is part of "Mississippi System of Care" which is supported by local agencies and individuals working together on behalf of our children's mental health needs, and this partnership reduces costly hospital and out-of-home placements while promoting positive youth development.

This is why Jackson County’s Board of Supervisors declares all of May as children mental health awareness month.