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Children's Mental Health
Snohomish County has a Children’s Mental Health Liaison to assist the community’s families, school and social service providers in accessing mental health services and navigating resources for children and adolescents. Email Liza Patchen-Short call her at 425-388-7254. If you need immediate help, click on the button below for resources:
- Youth & Family Wellness Fair
May 4, 2019
Youth & Family Wellness Fair website.
- Resiliency Conference
February 28-March 1, 2018
Select a link below to view the video presentation (Dr. Nadine Burke Harris only) or PowerPoint from the conference:
- Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, Center for Youth Wellness
- Healing the Long Term Effects of Childhood Adversity (keynote address; PowerPoint (PDF))
- Joe Neigel, Monroe Community Coalition
- Christy Anana, School Counselor
- Continua Consulting Group
- Scriber Lake High School
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
- One Heart Wild
- David Lewis, Seattle Public Schools
- Building Trauma Informed Practices in our Schools and Communities
November 2, 2016
Select a link below to view the video presentations or PowerPoint from this training:
- Dr. Robert Macy, International Trauma Center:
- Jim Sporleder, Sporleder Consulting:
- Video: Catch Kids Before They Fall or view the PowerPoint (PDF)
- Video: How to Implement Trauma Informed Practices in Schools or view the PowerPoint (PDF)
Mental Health Issues are Common in Children and Teens
According to the US Surgeon General:
- One in five children will suffer from a diagnosable mental health condition each year.
- One in ten kids will have symptoms that are significant enough to seriously affect their functioning in school, at home, and in the community.
In any given year, only 20% of children with mental illness are identified and receive mental health services. Some reasons can include:
- The stigma often associated with mental illness.
- Lack of knowledge regarding mental health issues.
- Difficulty accessing or paying for services.
Kids who do not receive the care they need are:
- More likely to struggle in school.
- Less likely to graduate from high school.
- Likely to have difficult family and social relationships and are at a higher risk for family and social conflicts.
- At higher risk for delinquency.
Did You Know?
Mental illness can affect anybody regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, age, or socio-economic background. ◦Mental illness is not caused by poor decisions.
- Mental illness affects a person’s physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.
- 50% of mental illness begins by age 14.
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 15-24.
- One in five children who need mental health care actually receives it.