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Survey shows 87 percent of people want more mental support for kids

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A Harris poll reveals four in five Americans want more mental health diagnostics and treatments when it comes to children.

Adam Schmidt, an Assistant Professor at Texas Tech, feels the issues could stem from lack of awareness. 

"It's probably an awareness issue more than anything else. As a society, we become more and more aware of these mental health issues. I think that's part of the news cycle. I think we hear more about mental health now than we did 20, 30, or 40 years ago," Schmidt said. 

He's confident in the abundance of resources close by and believes concerned parents just need to look.

"In the department of Psychological Sciences here at Texas Tech we have a clinic that provides services for children and families across a wide range of mental and behavioral conditions. We do physical health, mental health, assessment and therapy services," Schmidt said

Of those 2000 respondents, 500 were parents with children younger than 18.
Nationwide Children's Hospital notes expulsion rates of children prior to kindergarten are nearly 34 times higher than children expelled from kindergarten through graduation.

"I think we don't think of depression or disruptive behavior in kids that young. To some degree, that is normative but I do think providing a greater awareness in people into the system probably makes sense," Schmidt said. 

Schmidt provided these resources if you need assistance. 

TTU Department of Psychological Sciences Clinic: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/psy/clinic/index.php

Center for Superheroes: https://www.texastechphysicians.com/lubbock/center-for-superheroes/default.aspx

Child Advocacy Center of the South Plains: http://www.safeplace4kids.org/

Lubbock StarCare: http://www.lubbockmhmr.org/


There's another resource available as of now.

Star Care kicked off its "Mental Health First Aid" campaign at the First Friday Art Trail.

It featured works by those with mental illness inviting everyone to focus on identifying, understanding and responding to signs of poor mental health or substance abuse.

"This event represents that there are so many people struggling with mental illness. Depression alone was 20 percent of the population, but so many people feel like it is just them, that isolation. This is just to bring all of the art together from all of the different child, adult, adolescent populations and this is a tiny sample, just of our people, to show community wide this is a big thing and you're not alone," Director of Adult Intensive Services Alyssa Willis said.

The Mental Health First Aid campaign's trained more than a million people nationwide.

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