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Mental illness in children: Where to turn

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By Rebecca Angel Baer and Ashley N. Vaughan, CNN
December 10, 2013

 

(CNN) — Think of five children you know. One of them may suffer from a serious debilitating mental illness. If this child is your own, finding answers to the question “How can I help my child?” can be daunting and overwhelming.

 
According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), 20% of Americans under the age of 18 live with or have experienced a seriously debilitating mental disorder. And unfortunately many of those suffering from mental illness ultimately choose suicide as the way out. According to the Centers for Disease Control, suicide is ranked as the 10th leading cause of death in Americans over the age of 10.

 
Gesine Sauter, a licensed mental health counselor at the Karen Horney Clinic in Manhattan, says suicide is the third-leading cause of death among people ages 15-24. But there are ways to help and resources available if you feel a loved one might be suicidal.

 

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