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Recognizing the symptoms of a kid who is struggling emotionally

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It’s not always obvious when your child – or one you care about – is struggling emotionally. Recognizing the symptoms and seeking early and effective mental health services are critical for educational achievement, as well as long-term health and happiness.

Join the National PTA and American Psychological Association (APA) on Sunday, May 4 at 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT for an important conversation: How to Tell When a Kid is Struggling Emotionally.

Renowned psychologist Dr. Mary Alvord will speak with parents, educators and others who serve youth. Join the conversation to learn:

  • Signs that a youth may be struggling emotionally
  • Ways to provide support
  • How to seek treatment when mental health services are needed

NAMI states that, Half of all lifetime cases of mental health disorders begin by age 14. While 21% of all children ages 9 to 17 in the United States have a diagnosable mental or addictive disorder, only 20% of them are identified and receive mental health services each year.

Early detection and treatment of mental health disorders is imperative for student success. Half of students ages 14 and older who live with a mental illness drop out of high school – the highest dropout rate of any disability group – and these youth also experience higher suicide and incarceration rates, says James Weldon Johnson PTSA - Jacksonville, FL

Parents, educators and youth-serving professionals can change the devastating outcomes for students with undetected mental health disorders. Together, we can increase the percentage of students who receive the mental health services they need in order to succeed in school, continue to develop socially, and fully experience the purpose and joys of life. As a participant in this event, you are taking an important step in supporting the youth you care about most.

Dr. Alvord will be available to answer questions at the end of her presentation along with psychologists Laurie McCubbin, PhD and Michael Southam-Gerow, PhD from the APA committee on Children, Youth and Families.

Click to register for web viewing or audio listening. Follow the conversation on May 4 at #NationalPTA.

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