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Stoneham, MA: 'Mental disorders are the single most common cause of disability in young people'

Mar 12, 2018, Stoneham (MA) Patch: Mental Wellness For Stoneham Youth https://patch.com/massachusetts/stoneham/mental-wellness-stoneham-youth A Letter to the Editor from Cory Mashburn, candidate for Stoneham School Committee: "According to the World Health Organization, mental disorders are the single most common cause of disability in young people. In the United States, approximately 15–20% of children and adolescents are suffering from some form of mental disorder. Furthermore, 70% of mental disorders onset prior to age 25, making the adolescent years a critical window in which mental health can be promoted and mental health problems can be addressed. … Addressing mental health problems early in life can lead to decreases in emotional and behavioral problems, functional impairment, and contact with law enforcement. It can also lead to improvements in social and behavioral adjustment, learning outcomes, and school performance." (2017 Stoneham Youth Risk Behavior Survey.) … • 22.2% of Stoneham high school students reported that they felt sad or hopeless almost every day for two or more weeks in a row. • 11.9% of Stoneham students reported purposeful self-harming behaviors without the desire to die. • 9.8% of Stoneham high school students reported that they seriously considered attempting suicide and 2.2% reported that they attempted suicide. However, 9%of Stoneham students made a plan about how they would attempt suicide. • 11.5% of Stoneham high school students reported that they were currently taking medicine or receiving treatment for behavioral health, mental health conditions, or emotional problems. … This data mirrors the national struggles with mental health and social wellness. Through this data, Stoneham's youth are demonstrating a need for additional social-emotional wellness initiatives. We as their parents, guardians, teachers and community (their "village") have a responsibility to answer this need with discussion, expertise and evidence-based interventions. …