Survey: Children’s mental health issues on rise

The number of Denton County children who are diagnosed with a mental health issue, bullied at school, experiencing trauma or having self-esteem issues is on the rise, according to a recent children’s health survey.

This week, more than 50 county leaders gathered in a hotel meeting area for the Denton County Child Health Summit. Cook Children’s Center for Children’s Health representatives presented the first peek at data from the center’s 2015 Community-wide Children’s Health Assessment and Planning Survey (CCHAPS), which focused on juvenile mental health, asthma, abuse, obesity, dental and safety statistics. Nearly 1,100 Denton County parents and guardians participated in the 2015 survey.

Cook Children’s Health Care System has conducted the survey in six counties — Denton, Hood, Johnson, Parker, Tarrant and Wise — every three years since 2009.

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