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Children and PTSD: Where are they now?

May 3 was National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that

When exposed to a traumatic event, children as young as 18 months can have serious emotional and behavioral problems later in childhood and in adulthood. More than 35 percent of children exposed to a single traumatic event will develop serious mental health problems.

So, how are the children who lived through 9/11 doing nearly a decade later, or the children who lived through Hurricane Katrina nearly six years ago? What about the children in Afghanistan and Iraq who have undergone multiple traumatic events over the last decade, and who are now coming of fighting age? If the above statistics hold true, then maybe addressing and trying to treat PTSD within the populations of war-torn countries is another way we could help stabilize those areas.

How can national and international health communication efforts help prevent the serious adult mental illnesses that arise from childhood trouble? SAMHSA notes that there are effective strategies for aiding children who have experienced trauma, such as being around resilient parents or other adults, maintaining social connections and teaching social and emotional competence to children.

Click here for a list of resources related to children’s mental health

Hurricane Earl and your health

CDC.gov promotes staying healthy during hurricanes.

CDC.gov gives tips for staying safe and healthy during hurricanes.

If you live anywhere between North Carolina and Maine, you know Hurricane Earl is headed your way. Maybe you bought some more bread and milk at the grocery yesterday. In the worst case scenario, you are packing up and leaving town.

But the CDC wants people to remember that weather preparedness doesn’t just mean boarding up the windows. They have a public relations campaign to help you, and your pets, prepare, evacuate, and recover. Don’t forget to stock up on prescription medicines, food, and a first aid kit, and make sure everyone in your family has a plan, says the CDC. Even though half a decade has passed since Hurricane Katrina hit, the images of people suffering should be enough to help bolster the CDC’s message.

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