The New Focus on Children's Mental Health
THE ATLANTIC- “Most teachers don’t feel equipped to meet their students’ emotional needs, but some programs are working to change that.”Read More
Over the past 15 years, ICMHP has made significant progress in improving children’s mental health through collective efforts such as implementation of the Illinois Social and Emotional Standards, statewide expansion of Screening Assessment and Support Services (SASS) Program, stigma, numerous educational publications, identification of service descriptors, early childhood mental health consultation, and community-based linkage to services.
1 in 6 U.S. children aged 2-8 years (17.4%) had a diagnosed mental, behavioral, or developmental disorder.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death for Illinois youth (ages 1-17) and young adults (ages 18-24) is suicide.
56% of Illinois youth with major depression do not receive services.
Over 5,700 kids start vaping everyday.
In 2003, the Children’s Mental Health Act was passed, creating the ICMHP. We are a statewide public/private partnership consisting of each child-serving state agency, 25 experts representing a broad range of experiences, such as community mental health, children and family advocates, early childhood, education, health, substance abuse, violence prevention, and juvenile justice