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Stamford school observes Mental Illness Awareness Week

October 8, 2018

STAMFORD — Oct. 7 marks the beginning of Mental Illness Awareness weeks where local organizations, including Stamford schools, will be shedding a light on mental illness affecting America’s youth.

Karen West, spokesperson for the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ Southwest Connecticut chapter, will be speaking at the Stamford High School’s PTO meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 10. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in room 101.

NAMI Southwest Connecticut offers free resources, including classes and support groups for parents, for those battling mental illness.

Statistics from NAMI indicate that one in five youths aged 13 to 18 experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life and nearly half of children aged eight to 15 with a mental health condition do not receive mental health services. More sobering statistics show us that more than 90 percent of children who die by suicide have a mental health condition. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people aged 10-24. Statistics on mental illness and substance abuse indicate among the 20.2 million adults in the U.S. who experienced a substance use disorder, 50.5 percent—10.2 million adults—had a co-occurring mental illness.

erin.kayata@stamfordadvocate.com

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