May is Mental Health Awareness Month.
Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. Mental Health Awareness Month is a national movement to raise awareness about mental health, fight stigma, educate the public, and support people struggling with mental illness.
Children's Mental Health Awareness Week is May 1-7.
Positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development. This week shines a national spotlight on the importance of caring for every child’s mental health. Join Sheppard Pratt in recognizing this observance with the resources below. Join us during Children's Mental Health Awareness Week for a free Family Movie Night!
Facts About Mental Health
Americans have a mental illness - nearly 20%.
U.S. children ages 3-17 have a mental, emotional, developmental, or behavioral disorder.
The average delay between the start of mental health symptoms and treatment.
The number 10-24 year olds who died by suicide in 2020.
of youth in the U.S. experienced a major depressive episode in the past year.
of American adults with a mental illness do not receive treatment.
Changing the Face of Youth Mental Health
The crisis in youth mental health has only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Join Sheppard Pratt as we step forward with solutions to addressing this crisis.
With your support, we will develop and expand unique programs in our hospitals, in our schools, and across our communities for children at every stage in their mental health journey.
The time is now. The difference is you. See how you can help.
Psychiatric Urgent Care
Our Psychiatric Urgent Care is specially designed for people who need an immediate psychiatric triage. Individuals of all ages are evaluated by a licensed clinician and then provided with referrals to an appropriate level of psychiatric care.
Mental Health News
Educators concerned for children's mental health amid increasing violence at schoolsIn the NewsPublished:
Dr. Justine Larson, medical director of Sheppard Pratt Schools, discusses the increase of violence in schools as a result of the pandemic.
Understanding Global Conflict: Talking to Your Kid About Unsettling EventsPublished:
It is important that parents have a game plan for talking with their children about unsettling events. Rachel Delany, MD, inpatient service line chief of child services, shares strategies for talking with your children and navigating anxiety that arises from problems both big and small.
Mental Health of U.S. Youth in CrisisIn the NewsPublished:
How can we combat mental illness in our nation's young people? Dr. Todd Peters, Sheppard Pratt vice president and chief medical officer, weighs in.
Study shows depression, anxiety rates doubled in kids amid pandemicIn the NewsPublished:
Chief medical officer Dr. Todd Peters discusses the youth mental health crisis that has worsened throughout the pandemic.
Maryland Peace of Mind: With depression rising, what can you do?In the NewsPublished:
Dr. Monica Rettenmier shares why rates of depression increase this time of year - and what you can do if you are experiencing depression.
Why In-Home Crisis Stabilization for Kids Is Integral to the Mental Health Crisis SystemIn the NewsPublished:
Andrea Rifkind, LCSW-C, program director and therapist, details the importance of in-home stabilization for kids in psychiatric crisis.
Mental Health Coloring Book Download
"Meet Little Monster” is a mental health coloring and activity book created for young children as a tool for them to express and explore their feelings in a fun, creative and empowering way, as well as to help foster dialogue between children and the safe adults in their lives.