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1 © American Psychiatric Foundation 2012 An Adolescent School Based Mental Health Program Typical or Troubled?™

2 © American Psychiatric Foundation 2012 We advance the public’s understanding that mental illnesses are real and can be effectively treated  Established in 1991 as the charitable subsidiary of the American Psychiatric Association  Secures Philanthropic Support & Raises Awareness  Conducts Public Education & Outreach Programs  Patient, Family and Community Focused 2 American Psychiatric Foundation: About Us

3 © American Psychiatric Foundation % of people who develop a mental disorder show warning signs during their teen years About 11% of youth between 9 to 17 years old, approximately 4 million people, have a major mental health disorder that results in significant impairments at home, school or with peers Additionally, about the same number have less serious mental health problems Over 60% of all young people with mental health disorders are not getting the treatment they need Half of lifetime cases of mental health disorders begin by age 14 About 90% have early mental health warning signs by age 15 Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teens and young adults years old NIMH reports a long gap of up to ten years between onset of symptoms and treatment 3 Key Facts About Teen Mental Health Typical or Troubled?™

4 © American Psychiatric Foundation 2012 NIMH reports that youth with untreated mental illnesses experience worsening conditions, substance abuse, secondary disorders, and suicide Mental health disorders severely impact academic performance and attendance and increase the likelihood a student will drop out of school Significant impairment as adults in relationships, employment, and overall health 4 Key Facts About Teen Mental Health Typical or Troubled?™

5 © American Psychiatric Foundation 2012 Typical or Troubled?™ Key Facts About Teen Mental Health Intervention and treatment makes a difference … Recognition and appropriate help for teens with mental health problems has been shown to increase test scores. Research shows that effective mental health interventions and a positive school climate contribute to improved student achievement Recognition and intervention can delay the onset of substance abuse. Research shows that if mental health intervention occurs before the ages when youth are most likely to begin experimenting with or using drugs and alcohol, it can often deter substance abuse 5

6 © American Psychiatric Foundation 2012 Reduce the gap between the onset of mental health disorders and treatment of adolescents Improve the health, social and emotional well-being of adolescents 6 Program Mission Typical or Troubled?™

7 © American Psychiatric Foundation 2012 Training and technical assistance Slide presentation with bulleted scripted notes for presenters Concise and professionally crafted Presented by school personnel and mental health professional Brochures English and Spanish Interactive Educational Exercises Pre-test and Evaluation form 7 Mental health education program for school communities; evidence based and fully evaluated Typical or Troubled?™

8 © American Psychiatric Foundation 2012 Typical or Troubled?™ School Programs Across the Country Reached 38 states and over 500 rural, urban and suburban high schools and school districts Educated over 40,000 teachers, coaches, bus drivers, principals and other school personnel Connected with over 560,000 students in urban, rural, and suburban communities Averted attempted suicides Increased treatment referrals for students Established or improved treatment referral protocols in schools 8

9 © American Psychiatric Foundation 2012 Trends show that minority children will become the majority by 2023 in many of the locations where we work, including: Miami, Fla: 65% of students are Hispanic New Mexico: 55% of students are Hispanic California: 47 % of students are Hispanic Texas: 44 % of students are Hispanic Arizona: 40 % of students are Hispanic 9 Created Típico o Problematico? ™, a culturally sensitive educational program to address Hispanic student mental health Serving Hispanic School Communities

10 © American Psychiatric Foundation 2012 Evaluating the Program Typical or Troubled Post Training Evaluation Questions Knowledge or Mental Illness Mental Illness if untreated can greatly damage a teen present and future, % agree91% 93% People with mental illness rarely show warning signs in their teens, % disagree78%71% Frequency and extremity of warning signs can help school staff distinguish between typical adolescent behavior and troubling MHP - % agree 88%87%89% Noticing the warning signs I know the warning signs of mental health problems to look for in a teen - %know86%80%85% I can distinguish troubling signs in a teen - % know79%77%80% I know how to help a student - % know75%60%73% Taking Action I know how to talk to a student I suspect is showing the warning signs - % know57%63% I would talk to a parent or guardian about a student - % know58%53%54% I would refer a student to a MH professional -% agree83%75%77% My school has a referral process -% who know they have85%63%71%

11 © American Psychiatric Foundation 2012 “ The program was so well received that other schools in district requested presentations. We got requests to give presentations to parents, bus drivers, cafeteria workers and school aides.” “ No other program like it; well designed and comprehensive all in one hour” “ The presentation helped open up a dialogue with the parents and teachers about how to help and what resources exist and how to access them.” 11 What Participants Say

12 © American Psychiatric Foundation 2012 HELP = Better academic achievement Improved attendance Less substance abuse Improved outcomes for the future Typical or Troubled?™

13 © American Psychiatric Foundation 2012 Changing a Life’s Course


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