Valdosta, GA: "1 in 5 individuals, age 13-18, experiences a severe mental disorder"

May 12, 2018, Valdosta (GA) Daily Times: Rising Above: Behavioral Health Services promotes children's mental health awareness Behavioral Health Services of South Georgia released biodegradable balloons, marked with words of comfort, May 10 for Children's Mental Health Awareness Week. Keri Wilkin, marketing coordinator, said the balloons were released in recognition of children and adolescents who were affected by mental health and for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. She said Behavioral Health Services wanted to encourage people to talk openly about mental health. According to the National Alliance of Mental Illness, around one in five individuals, age 13-18, experiences a severe mental disorder. … Shelley Smith, Apex team leader with Behavioral Services, works with children on school campuses. She said Apex was a school-based mental health program funded by the state. Smith said Apex is currently in seven schools.... Smith said Apex will expand into more schools during the 2018-19 school year.