Childhood Depression Awareness Day is an annual observance that brings attention to a mental illness that is becoming increasingly common. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, one out of every 33 children may have depression. If there is a family history of depression, the child is at increased risk for developing this illness in addition to other mental health disorders.
"This observance allows us to focus specifically on children, who generally don’ t know how to express what’s bothering them," stated Gwen Skinner, Director for the Georgia Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Addictive Diseases (MHDDAD). "Parents have to become better skilled at identifying signs, and then getting help. Fortunately, with early intervention, depression is highly treatable."
For children impacted by natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, mental health is a significant issue. According to a recent report of the Louisiana Child & Family Health Study, nearly half of the parents surveyed reported that at least one child in their household had emotional or behavioral difficulties that he or she did not have before the hurricane, such as feeling sad or depressed, being nervous or afraid, or having problems sleeping or getting along with others.
Millions of American children experience persistent sadness and hopelessness. They may withdraw from friends and family, perform poorly in school, act out in anger or stop participating in activities they once enjoyed.
The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including our nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone.
Inclusiveness is one of their mantras. They are rooted in the belief that everyone should be treated like a human being regardless of their sexual identity, gender, or race. As an organization, they will not turn any one away who asks for help. They will show them compassion. And, in recruiting staff and volunteers they will reflect the diversity of their community. They promise to deliver the best 24 hour 7 day a week telephone counseling for youth in crisis.
The Trevor Project was founded by writer James Lecesne, director/producer Peggy Rajski and producer Randy Stone, creators of the 1994 Academy Award®-winning short film, Trevor, a comedy/drama about a gay 13-year-old boy who, when rejected by friends because of his sexuality, makes an attempt to take his life.
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