May marks Mental Health Awareness Month

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May marks Mental Health Awareness Month, which aims to bring awareness to the need for screening and treatment.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that just over 20 percent of children, or 1 in 5, have had a seriously debilitating mental disorder.

According to research by Nationwide Children's Hospital, 87 percent of Americans surveyed agree that more mental health support should be available for children and adolescents.

The National Institute of Mental Health defines a serious mental illness as a mental, behavioral or emotional disorder that limits one of more major life activities. The NIH also reports there were about 45 million adults living with a mental illness in 2016, and of those, almost 10.5 million cases were serious mental illnesses.

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