Murfreesboro City Schools Director says that more help is needed with Mental Illnesses

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Murfreesboro City Schools Director Linda Gilbert is looking at what can be done when it comes to helping children and sometimes their parents that suffer from severe mental health issues...



The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services report, "Statistics provided by the National Institute of Mental Health indicate that approximately 20% of children and youth live with a mental health condition. These include attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), major depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. Moreover, 50% of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24. Simply put, the sooner we engage our children, the better we can mitigate the negative effects of adverse childhood experiences, particularly their future mental health needs."

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