Ages 9-14 – Mental Health

Summary While some mental health behaviors begin to surface in early childhood, mental health symptoms become more visible during pre-teen and teen years. Adolescence isn’t easy. As children move through stages of physical, emotional, hormonal, sexual, social, and intellectual development, they encounter pressures and problems that can easily become overwhelming. For some adolescents, ...

Ages 4-8 – Mental Health

Summary “Mental health in childhood means reaching developmental and emotional milestones, and learning healthy social skills and how to cope when there are problems.” Children that are mentally healthy have a more positive quality of life and are able to perform better at home, at school, and within their communities. “Mental disorders among ...

Ages 0-3 – Mental Health

Summary "Infant mental health" refers to how well a child develops socially and emotionally from birth to three and can be affected during fetal development.  Science has shown that this is a very delicate time for emotional development. Understanding infant mental health is critical for the prevention and treatment of mental health issues ...

Communities – Substance Misuse

Summary People are most likely to begin misusing drugs—including tobacco, alcohol, and illegal and prescription drugs—during adolescence and young adulthood. Substance misuse in adolescents can range from experimentation to serious substance abuse disorders. All substance misuse, “even experimental use, puts adolescents at risk of short-term problems, such as accidents, fights, unwise or unwanted ...

Communities – Trauma

Summary Children who suffer from traumatic stress have been exposed to one or more trauma events and develop reactions affecting their daily lives with the reactions continuing after the event has ended. Traumatic reactions can include a number of responses and are often triggered when the child is reminded in some way of ...

Communities – Mental Health

Summary Mental health is a positive state characterized by resilience, productivity, appropriate social behavior, and happiness. Children who exhibit good mental health do well in school. Studies show that most people who will develop mental health disorders experience symptoms by age 14. Identifying these early signs and providing appropriate supports can improve the ...

Grades 9-12 Substance Misuse

Substance Misuse How large is the problem? The 2015 West Virginia Youth Risk Behavior Survey revealed the following alcohol and drug use behaviors among WV middle school students: Alcohol Use 65.1% had at least one drink of alcohol during their life 18.4% had their first drink of alcohol, other than a few sips, ...

Grades 9-12 Trauma

What is Trauma? Trauma - A psychological, emotional response to an event or an experience that is deeply distressing or disturbing. Trauma often affects the way the brain works, impairing neurophysiological, psychological, and cognitive functioning. Adapted from: https://www.apa.org/topics/trauma/ Resource: https://www.echoparenting.org/resources/ Types of Trauma Sexual Abuse or Assault Physical ...

Grades 9-12 Mental Health

What is Mental Health? Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. Over the course ...

Grades 6-8 Substance Misuse

Substance Misuse How large is the problem? The 2015 West Virginia Youth Risk Behavior Survey revealed the following alcohol and drug use behaviors among WV middle school students: Alcohol Use 25.7% ever drank alcohol (other than a few sips) 10.6% drank alcohol for the first time before age 11 years (other than a ...

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