[YSPNetwork] FYI: "Action Signs" of mental illness in children - tool from Mayo Clinic
donna.noonan at state.or.us
Fri Nov 4 16:32:17 PDT 2011
>From today's Spark (www.sprc.org<http://www.sprc.org>)
The Star Tribune
The Mayo Clinic has just released a new tool to help parents and doctors identify signs of mental illness in children. The list of 11 "action signs" is written in non-clinical language and is designed to make it easier for parents to catch signs of mental illness early and decide whether to seek help. "We needed to do something to help flesh out people's understanding about what it meant when a child really did have a problem," said Gary Blau, a clinical psychologist with the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. "It's different than just being a phase or sort of the traditional ups and downs of growing up." The new list is endorsed by the U.S. Surgeon General, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and a number of other groups.
Find the article, Mayo Clinic list helps spot mental illnesses in kids
And the entire document, The "Action Signs" Project at http://www.thereachinstitute.org/files/documents/action-signs-toolkit-final.pdf. Browse through the entire document as it looks pretty technical to begin with. The Table of contents is on page 3 and the list of "action signs" is on page 6. Definitions start on page 26 and the fact sheets for each begin on page 42.
Enjoy the weekend!
Donna G Noonan, MPH, CHES
Youth Suicide Prevention Coordinator
Oregon Public Health Division
800 NE Oregon, Ste 772
Portland, OR 97232
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