“Mental health, in all populations, is extremely important. It’s one of the most important common problems we have out there that goes without treatment.” –Shawn Terry, MCN Secretary of Health
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Terry stresses importance of mental health
OKMULGEE, Okla. — Muscogee (Creek) Nation Principal Chief James Floyd signed a proclamation declaring May 4 Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. On May 9, MCN Behavioral Health Services hosted an event presented by Project Launch to educate citizens on the importance of children’s mental health and advocate services for children and families affected by mental health issues.
The day was dedicated to teaching people about children’s mental health, advocating to improve services and celebrating all the work that has been done in the past.
In the proclamation, Floyd addresses the complex needs of children and families suffering from mental health issues and the need for comprehensive and coordinated mental health services.
MCN Secretary of Health Shawn Terry spoke at the event.
“Mental health, in all populations, is extremely important,” Shawn Terry said. “It’s one of the most important common problems we have out there that goes without treatment.”
Terry said it is important to identify and treat mental illness in children early so these issues are dealt with before adulthood.
According to the Child Mind Institute, 17.1 million children have or have had a psychiatric disorder. Half of all psychiatric illnesses occur before the age of 14 and 75 percent before the age of 24.