Mental and emotional disorders are not limited to those who are old enough to make their own decisions. According to the National Center for Mental Health Services website, studies show that at least one in five children and adolescents have a mental health disorder. At least one in 10, or about 6 million children and teens, have a serious emotional disturbance.
At the monthly meeting of the Ruston chaper of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, David Wheeler, licensed psychologist and clinical director for the Methodist Children’s Home, will provide the community with some insights into the types of issues children, parents and teachers may face when met with a child with a mental or emotional disorder. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Community Trust Bank Financial Center, located at 1511 N. Trenton St.
Wheeler said there are many causes and many treatment options for children faced with these difficulties. Parents or teachers who must deal with these issues can have hope.
Today we celebrate President’s Day with all the flair the holiday normally brings — car dealership sales, banks closing, students out of school, one more reason to eat something sweet — but most people have a hard time replying when asked the question, “What is President’s Day about?” Many high school students don’t have a clue and only know President’s Day gets them out of school. Which, would be a good enough reason for most teenagers to say President’s Day is “awesome.”
Throughout the school year, many children in our community rely on the school lunch program to ensure they have enough food to eat. Families struggle to put just one meal on the table during that time, so when summer hits they face an even greater burden.
Stephanie Mitchell, director of Christian Community Action, recently told the members of Leadership Lincoln that summertime presents one of the greatest needs for her organization. She said during the holidays, CCA receives a plethora of donations, but that stock is often depleted by the summertime.