Mental health includes mental, emotional, and behavioral well-being and plays an important part in everyone's overall health. It affects how people think, feel, and act. It also plays a role in how handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices.
Unfortunately, in recent years, we’ve seen significant increases in certain mental health disorders in youth, including depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation. In Georgia, suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among youth ages 10-17.(1) Many factors shape their mental health, from individual to societal level forces.
45% of children ages 3-17 struggle to or are not able to access needed mental health treatment and counseling.(2) Far too many young people are struggling with their mental health and unable to get the support they need.
Mental Health is Not a Luxury. It's a Priority.
Silence the Shame created this campaign to educate youth, their parents and families on mental health and wellness and provide resources. We all have a role to play in supporting youth mental health and creating a world where young people thrive.
(1) Georgia Child Fatality Review Panel. “Annual report,” 2020. Accessed September 6, 2022. file:///C:/Users/ lkelley/Downloads/2020%20CFR%20Annual%20Report%20(1).pdf.
(2) “Indicator 4.4a: How difficult was it to get the mental health treatment or counseling that this child needed?” 2018-2019 Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative, Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health, 2018-2019 National Survey of Children’s Health data, accessed September 2, 2022. https:// www.childhealthdata.org/browse/survey/results?q=7717&r=12. National Outcome Measure 18.
The Atlanta Hawks and Silence the Shame, a nonprofit organization that focuses on education and awareness around mental health, have partnered to present a Teen Mental Wellness Courtside Chat. Moderated by Silence the Shame Founder Shanti Das, the chat features recording artist and actress Chlöe Bailey, and Hawks All-Star guard Trae Young.
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