"Take Time Out" for Mental Health Week

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More than a dozen students at Oakcrest Thursday joined children and teenagers from all over the country to recognize National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day to support better access to mental health care and education on mental illness. The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports that 1 in 5 adults in the US experiences mental illness in a given year, and almost 1 in 25 adults in the USA lives with a serious mental illness, while approximately 1 in 5 teens (ages 13 to 18) experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life.

Trudeau says, "The problem with people with mental illness is that they don't tell the truth".

In addition five ARC corporate partners, At The Races, Weatherbys Racing Bank, Racing Post, lawyers K&L Gates and sports branding agency Jigsaw, have also pledged their support via race sponsorship, which is to be donated to the Mental Health Foundation charity.

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"We're only recently seeing more schools have counselor and therapists who specialize in mental health and illness", said Amber Harris, AtlantiCare director of social services at Oakcrest's Teen Center. One in 20 people live with a serious mental illness like bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder or severe depression.

With teenagers, Trudeau noted efforts to promote the federal government's Head Strong initiative, which helps young people through mental health issues and allows them to become advocates to speak to others about their struggles and successes, not preach to them about being "normal".

Far too many students in SA are living with mental health problems and without the support they need to get the most out of high school or university. "To spread the awareness to people we may not be able to reach out to, and to spread the word", Lust said. "If you keep it buried down, then your life will fall apart".

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With summer around the corner, the school district is making sure that parents are engaged in looking for signs of mental health issues by offering resources through the district or directing them to physicians that could help out, district spokeswoman Yelitza Pena said.

In the run up to the event the pet food company is running a Facebook competition asking customers to share stories of how their pets have change lives.

Earlier this month, Ryan Reynolds opened up about his own mental health struggles.

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"It's always pretty much the same message, that mental health disorders, they're pretty common", she said.

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