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Pediatric Mental Illness Matters

Posted by Breakthrough to Nursing Chair on February 24, 2015 at 1:30 PM

 

A few days ago, the Duchess of Cambridge launched a video to support the United Kingdom's Children's Mental Health Week (February 16-22).

 

We hear about different diseases that affect children’s’ lives frequently, but little is mentioned about mental health. Mental health is as important as physical health and needs to be addressed with the same urgency (Place2Be, 2015). Oftentimes, people do not talk about mental illness or do not seek help because they do not want to be associated with the stigmas associated with it. In nursing school, I have seen children hesitate to talk about their feelings and parents deny that their child suffers from mental disease because they are scared of being judged. Negative attitudes about mental health promote discrimination towards children and their families who suffer from diseases. We can fight stigmas by increasing awareness and offering support to children and their families (Place2Be, 2015).

 

To see the video and learn more about the UK's efforts to help children with mental disease click here: https://www.place2be.org.uk/our-story/childrens-mental-health-week/

 

Reference

 

Place2Be. (2015). HRH the Duchess of Cambridge supports UK's first Children's Mental Health Week (video). United Kingdom: Place2Be.

 


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