New report on child mental health to be discussed

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COLLEGE PLACE — Local counselor Sue Huett will discuss mental health in kids at the local National Alliance on Mental Illness meeting Wednesday at SonBridge Community Center, 1200 S.E. 12th St. in College Place.

Millions of children in America live with mental health issues, according to the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention.

In its first comprehensive report covering children’s mental health in the United States, the CDC found up to one in five kids in this country experiences a mental disorder each year. Depression, anxiety, autism, attention deficit disorder and other issues cause “serious” changes in the way kids learn, behave and handle their feelings, according to findings released last week.

“Symptoms usually start in early childhood, although some of the disorders may develop throughout the teenage years,” the report said. “The diagnosis is often made in the school years and sometimes earlier. However, some children with a mental disorder may not be recognized or diagnosed as having one.”

Huett will present a general overview of signs and symptoms of the primary pediatric mental issues parents are most likely to encounter, and talk about where to access services.

The NAMI meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. with a potluck, followed by a brief business meeting. Huett is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m.

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