Three Steps for Children’s Mental Health

Mental health is real and anyone at any age can be diagnosed with a mental illness.

In adolescents, there are many factors that contributes to a child’s mental development: religion, school, friends and family, said Dr. Steven Dykstra, the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division (BHD) director.

Every year, 13 percent of children ages 8-15 suffer from a mental illness, according to Milwaukee County. And about half of mental illnesses begin at the age of 14-years-old. Children need a healthy development that prepares them socially, emotionally, and educationally to survive traumatic experiences, according to Milwaukee County BHD.

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