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MENTAL HEALTH SCREENING CAMPAIGN. This exercise is based on information from : KySS (Keep Your Children/Yourself Safe & Secure): . Integrating Physical and Mental Health Care for Young People The Challenge:

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Mental health screening campaign


This exerciseisbased on information from:

Kyss keep your children yourself safe secure
KySS (Keep Your Children/Yourself Safe & Secure):

Integrating Physical and Mental Health Care for Young People

The Challenge:

  • While 13 million U.S. children and adolescents (1 in 4) experience mental

    health problems, less than 30 percent receive treatment – largely due to

    inadequate screening and early intervention by primary care providers.

    The Goal:

  • Prevent and reduce mental health/psychosocial problems among young


    An Innovative Solution:

    The national Keep your Children/Yourself Safe & Secure (KySS)

    campaign, launched in 2001 through the National Association of Pediatric

    Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP).

  • What It Is

    ¾ A public awareness and educational campaign that raises awareness and knowledge

    of child and adolescent mental health/psychosocial problems among NAPNAP

    members, other health care providers, teachers, and the public and disseminates information about how to implement effective preventive, early interventions and mental health screening for young people.

    Developed by a pediatric and child family psychiatric nurse practitioner with more than 20 years of practice and research experience integrating mental and physical health for children and teens.

  • What It Does

    Promotes integrated physical and mental health care for children and adolescents – a break from the standard of practice in most primary care settings throughout the U.S. It emphasizes educational-behavioral interventions to teach children, youth, and their parents all aspects of physical and emotional safety (e.g., prevention of violence, motor vehicle accidents, cigarette, drug, and alcohol use, physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, and sexually transmitted diseases) and to build self-esteem, as well as other developmental assets (e.g., coping and problem-solving skills).

    It teaches primary care providers how to better identify and manage children suffering from mental health problems

Warning parents
Warning parents

Imagine thatyou are in charge of the KySScampaign:

Which mental healthproblemsshouldbeemphasized? Whatshould parents know about youngpeople’s mental health? Whichsymptoms are the mostfrequantones?

What are the riskschildrencanbeconfronted to duringtheirschool life?

Whyisit important to be on the look out for symptom? Whatcanbe the short and long term impact of mental troubles at an earlyage?

Number of youthsufferingfrom major depression.

Figures replace the words in red using a synonym
Figures: replace the words in redusing a synonym.

  • Mental illness, when undetected, can affect employment status throughout the lifetime. One study showed a 90% unemployment rate among adults with serious mental illness, the highest rate of unemployment of any group of people with disabilities.

  • Many youth with unidentified and untreated mental illness also end up in jails. Sixty-five percent of boys and 75% of girls in juvenile detention suffer from mental illness.

  • When youth go untreated for mental illness, they also experience poorer physical health, use more healthcare services, and incur higher healthcare costs in their adult years than others in the same age group.

Today only 1 in 5 adolescents between the ages of 12 and 17 years who has a mental health disorder receives treatment. There is also a lengthy gap between onset and treatment. Most mental illnesses are not diagnosed for an average of 10 years after the first symptoms appear. Missing early symptoms can result in disorders that create a lifetime of disability or tragically result in suicide.

Depression years who has a mental health disorder

  • Among adolescents who were 12-17 years old during 2004-2006, 8.5% suffered an episode of major depression and were about twice as likely to increase their overall risk factors by using alcohol or an illicit drug as youth who had not experienced a major depressive episode during the past year. The rate of those who experience major depression increases as teens get older, with 11.5% of 16- and 17-year-olds suffering an episode in a 1-year span of time. Of those who experienced a major depressive episode, only 38.9% received treatment of any kind.

DEPRESSION AND BULLYING years who has a mental health disorder

Whyisbullying an issue of generalconcern? Whatisits impact on youngpeople’shealth?

Anxiety years who has a mental health disorder

  • It is estimated that 13% of 9- to 17-year-olds suffer from an anxiety disorder, an issue that, like other internalizing disorders, often goes undetected. Anxiety disorders are highly correlated with attempted and completed adolescent suicides, with 27% of adolescents who commit suicide suffering from an anxiety disorder at their time of death.

  • The most common types of anxiety disorders are phobias, social anxiety, and separation anxiety. Youth who suffer from anxiety are often quiet and compliant, making it even more difficult to detect symptoms.

Suicide years who has a mental health disorder

  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death for 11- to 18-year-olds in the United States, and almost as many teens die by suicide each year as those who die from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease combined.

  • In addition to the thousands of youth who die by suicide, millions more think about and attempt suicide. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 15% of US high school students reported thinking seriously about killing themselves and 7% reported a prior suicide attempt.

  • Approximately 90% of adolescent suicide victims have a psychiatric disorder, with 63% exhibiting psychiatric symptoms identifiable by screening for at least a year before their death. Rates of mood disorders, such as depression, can be as high as 68% in adolescents who commit suicide, and up to 28% may be suffering from anxiety disorders. Substance abuse is also common, particularly among adolescent male suicide victims.

Teen years who has a mental health disorder suicide is on the riseglobally.

Eachyear, the teen suicide rate isincreasingdramatically.

Teen suicide is the thirdlargest cause of teenagedeathsnext to accidents and homicides.

Teen suicide is a rising issue, it’s time for people to know before more teens die.

Drug abuse

It is estimated that up to 50% of the mentally ill population also has a substance abuse problem, with the incidence of abuse greater among adolescent boys and those aged 18-44 years, highlighting the need for early intervention.

Drug abuse

Disability population also has a substance abuse problem, with the incidence of abuse greater among adolescent boys and those aged 18-44 years, highlighting the need for early intervention.

  • Mental illness is the second leading cause of disability and premature mortality in the United States. Up to 10% of youth experience serious impairment that leaves them unable to function in school, at home, or with peers. These illnesses are a leading cause of school dropout, substance abuse, unemployment, incarceration, poor physical health, and shortened life expectancy in later life.

  • Approximately 50% of students age 14 and older who suffer from mental illness drop out of high school; this is the highest dropout rate of any disability group.