by Kellie Cochrane
I had the good fortune to spend some time at Advocacy Services for Kids (ASK) this afternoon. ASK helps parents navigate the often challenging children’s mental health system and also teaches parents how to best support and advocate for their child in a variety of situations. We’re honored that ASK will be our May feature story on our website.
May 5-11 is National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, and this year’s theme is Out of the Shadows: Exposing Stigma.
“Exposing stigma is a topic that is very near and dear to our hearts here at ASK,” says Youth Involvement Coordinator, Krissy Dristy. “We’re always working toward eliminating stigma for families and children in regards to receiving help for mental health, we want everyone to be able to be happy and healthy.”
In 2010, the National Alliance on Mental Illness reported that only 20% of children and adolescents with mental disorders would receive treatment. Lack of mental health resources often leads to failure in school, criminal activity, and, in come cases, suicide. Organizations like ASK are working to make sure the necessary resources are available to all families struggling with mental health issues.
At United Way, we also believe all families deserve every opportunity to live their best life. So I encourage you to check out ASK or the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health to find out more about how you can help eliminate stigma.