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Giant banner helps break down stigma

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In May, DePelchin raised awareness about the prevalence of mental health issues among children by displaying a giant banner along its Memorial Drive fence line.  Nearly 50 yards in length, the sign conveyed a bold, simple message: “One in five children will struggle with a mental health issue. DePelchin can help.”

DePelchin unveiled the sign as part of May’s observance of National Mental Health Awareness Month.

“Children’s mental health issues, from ADHD to anxiety to mood disorders, are more common than most people realize,” says Mary Kristen Valentine, DePelchin’s director of marketing and public relations. “One of our goals is to educate the public concerning these issues and let families know it’s okay to seek help.”

Recent studies show that one in five children in the U.S. will struggle at some point with a mental health issue.  If left untreated, these mental health concerns can impact a child’s quality of life during childhood and later into adulthood.

"Mental health issues are as real as a broken bone, and without professional help, they may not heal properly,” says Dr. Lou Ann Mock, a psychologist at DePelchin.  “If parents suspect something is troubling their child, they should not wait to seek out support."

Along with shedding light on children’s mental health issues, Valentine says DePelchin will continue efforts to promote a holistic view of children’s health.

“A child’s mental health is just as important as his or her physical health,” Valentine says. “It’s crucial that our community recognize this and that we work together to care for the entire well-being of our kids.”

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