"Mental illness is like any other disease. It needs to be treated" says Dr. Deborah Healy, NISD's Director of Guidance & Counseling. “It truly is life threatening," she adds. If children are not treated, their illness can spiral downward and get worse. It also becomes a high cost to our community and families. Support children who have a mental illness by advocating for better, more, and well-funded mental health services, contacting elected officials, calling the 211 Helpline for assistance, and contacting your school's counselor.
"Early intervention leads to better treatment," says Healy, "Don't ignore children's mental health issues just as you would not ignore any illness."
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