Advocates raise awareness of children’s mental health issues

Advocates raise awareness of children’s mental health issues


TO RECOVERY.>>WE’RE AT A POINT WHERE PEOPLE
HAVE SAID ENOUGH, NO MORE
NEGLECT. ANDY: EXPERTS, ADVOCATES AND
LEADERS IN THE CRUSADE TO BATTLE
THE STIGMA OF MENTAL ILLNESS
BROUGHT THEIR MESSAGE TO THE
STATEHOUSE STEPS TODAY. IT’S THE KICKOFF OF MENTAL
HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH, WITH A
FOCUS CLEARLY ON CHILDREN’S
MENTAL HEALT
>>IT IS AN INVISIBLE DISABILITY
SO YES, IT’S CHALLENGING TO GET KIDS TO OPEN UP. BUT ONCE WE NORMALIZE IT A
CEASE THE STIGMA, KIDS WILL
FREELY AND OPENLY TALK ABOUT IT. ANDY: ORGANIZERS SAY ONE IN FIVE
CHILDREN SUFFER FROM SOME TYPE
OF MENTAL ILLNESS AND HALF OF
THOSE ISSUES START BY AGE 14.>>WE REALLY HAVE TO PROVE THAT
TREATMENT WORKS, RECOVERY IS
POSSIBLE, AND THERE IS HOPE. ANDY: FIRST LADY VALERIE SUNUNU
PRESENTED CHILDREN’S MENTAL
HEALTH MATTERS AWARDS TO SEVERAL
PEOPLE INCLUDING STUDENTS,
EDUCATORS AND SUPPORT STAFF FOR
THEIR RECENT EFFORTS TO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE DEAL WITH AND
UNDERSTAND ALL OF THE ISSUES
SURROUNDING MENTAL HEALTH.>>WE START TO SEE MORE AND MORE
OF THIS RIPPLE EFFECT OF THE
GOOD WORK THAT YOU’RE DOING, AN
WE CAN BRING MORE, OTHERS IN WHO
ARE DOING IT TOO AND INSPIRE
OTHERS. ANDY: ONE OF THOSE RECOGNIZED
WAS 16-YEAR-OLD SALEM HIGH
SCHOOL SOPHOMORE BRE PAQUETTE
WHO CREATED A MENTAL HEALTH
AWARENESS VIDEO.>>I WANT TO HELP PEOPLE FEEL
LIKE YOU ARE NOT ALONE. IT IS OK TO NOT BE OK. I WANT PEOPLE TO LIKE NOT BE
AFRAID TO ADDRESS THE SITUATION. ANDY: MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS
MONTH WILL ALSO BE RECOGNIZED
THIS COMING SUNDAY AT THE NEW
HAMPSHIRE FISHER CATS GA

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