Include early childhood mental health. There is nothing pertaining to that group.
Include early childhood mental health. There is nothing pertaining to that group. Yet what happens during that stage can greatly influence their mental health for the future.
Lauren Mitchell commented
Keep HIPPA and family first. Focus on the person in the enviornment and take a wholistic approach to mental health. De myth and recreate the communitys awareness of mental illness and its various treatments. Start speaking about the accepatnce of all people in early childhood education.
Addressing early childhood mental health should be a primary focus of SAMHSA as it can have long term implications for the overall emotional and physical well being of the child/family. Focusing on children is an important enough issue that it deserves to be one of the stand alone initiatives and would enourage SAMHSA to consider this for future efforts.
Dr. Cornell commented
It seems rather poignant that very few of the SAMSHA proposed strategic initiatives relate directly to young children. As other commenter’s have noted, prevention and early intervention are key components of any attempt to address public health issues. While some of the SAMSHA proposed strategic initiatives contain elements related to young children (Trauma and Justice), the failure to have an over arching initiative focused exclusively on children would seem to undermine a potent area that has a direct impact on the majority of the other SAMSHA proposed strategic initiatives.
jennifer Graham commented
As a classroom teacher childhood mental heath is extremely important. We have to give them the tools early and impower ourselves with the knowledge on how to combat the issues that these young minds are coming with.
Faye Booze commented
As teacher in the classroom for over 25 years I do see the need for mental health to look at in the preschool years of children lives.
Erin Troup commented
Very young children who have a primary caregiver with a mental health issue are AT RISK for these problems later on. A holistic approach to the FAMILY including, education around infant Mental Health and overall development as well as parent support to appointments and managing a family with all of these other "services" will serve the entire family well!- (Please Include Postpartum Depression in this "situation" as well)
Leslie Hernandez commented
As an Early Childhood Educator and Early Interventionist I see the need to address mental illness during the early years.
We've known for years that early intervention works and can make a tremendous contribution to a child's growth and development. Early childhood mental health is part of that growth and development and should be addressed in any legislation or programming for very young children.
I agree. Early Childhood Mental Health programs are very important and can prevent some children from needing more intense services in their later school years.
Agree with this statement, as well as to consider prenatal as an important part of early childhood. Prevention opportunities for women of child bearing age (50% of pregnancies are unplanned) and education & support during pregnancy are crucial for positive mental health for the baby and parents. Education that there is no safe amount of alcohol and treatment support will support healthy babies and reduce the number of alcohol & drug exposed children.
Helga Luest commented
This is absolutely important, but also how we address kids with behavioral issues. So often we, as adults, see children's behavior as "acting out" and as something bad. Children often don't have the emotional maturity or language skills to articulate, so they do so via their behavior. We need to stop asking "what's wrong with that child?" and start asking "what is that child trying to tell me?"! There also should be closer integration with the mental health programs at CMHS/SAMHSA, ACF/DHHS, and OVW/USDOJ as family violence plays a big role in the mental and emotional health of young people.
Dr Farhan Abdul Rauf commented
The social determinants of health should be strongly focused on. Priority should be given to the power of relations especially to the issues of women rights.
Dianne O;Connor commented
The USA is so far behind Canada when it comes to research and identifying those with an FASD. Most times a child with an FASD will go undiagnosed until they reach school age. We need to do a better job diagnosing these children before school age so good intervention startegies can be implimented to help improve outcomes for these children. With appropriate diagnosis comes appropriate interventions and the lessening of secondary diasabilities..