Although the events of the last year affected everyone, they were especially troubling for kids and young people. So we’re helping put an even greater emphasis on the emotional wellbeing of youth during Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, May 2-8.
This is an opportunity to change the perceptions around mental health. “Every Child’s Mental Health Counts” is a celebration of our children as well as a challenge to all of us to recognize their uniqueness, rather than the qualities or characteristics associated with their disability, diagnosis or illness.
According to the World Health Organization:
• As many as one in six U.S. children ages 6-17 has a treatable mental health disorder such as depression, anxiety problems or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
• Half of all mental health conditions start by 14 years of age but most cases are undetected and untreated.
• The consequences of not addressing adolescent mental health conditions extend to adulthood, impairing both physical and mental health and limiting opportunities to lead fulfilling lives as adults.
Please join us and our sponsors, including Mercy Care, Banner and Care 1st, in connecting families and providers throughout Arizona with resources to help children with a mental health condition. Your efforts can help shape a brighter future for the next generation.
As part of Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, we’re hosting three free zoo days for FIC families throughout Arizona.
Upcoming free events for FIC families
Reid Park Zoo, Tucson: May 8
RSVP today by contacting Vianey Verduzco (520) 591-8602
Mortimer Farms, Dewey: May 15
RSVP today by contacting Trish Riner (928) 713-3248