New challenges are arising for students and parents as schools reopen this fall. With the challenges of COVID-19 still facing our world, mental health is a growing concern. In the past year, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health (C&A) has seen a 33% increase in clientele. This number is expected to grow this year as youth learn to deal with stress, anxiety and depression due to COVID-19 and systemic racism. Will children be allowed to interact with each other? Will they still feel lonely or excluded?
To continue to raise awareness around mental health among children and youth across Stark County during these unfamiliar times, C&A is excited to bring the second annual Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week from Sept. 14 to 18 to all of their partner schools.
Local community organizations AultCare and StarkMHAR are sponsoring the week to help bring attention to positive mental health practices for school-age kids. C&A will also partner with eight different school districts in Stark County – Alliance City, Canton City and Massillon City Schools and Lake, Marlington, Plain, Sandy Valley and Tuslaw local schools and North Canton City Schools asked to participate- to support and participate in this important week.