To help raise awareness about children's mental health for children's mental health week, the Parent/Professional Advocacy League created a "Month of Wellness for Children's Mental Health" calendar with 31 facts about children's mental health. Download the calendar here

  • The first signs of mental illness often occur in childhood.  Half of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14 and three quarters begins by the time an individual is 24
     
  • Approximately 20% of children and adolescents experience signs and symptoms of a diagnosable mental health disorder during the course of a year.  For children between the ages of 9 and 17, 11% experience “significant impairment” and 5% experience “extreme functional impairment”
     
  • Adolescents who begin drinking before age 15 are four times more likely to develop alcohol dependence some time in their lives compared with those who have their first drink at age 20 or older.