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Gov. Haley to proclaim Children's Mental Health Awareness Week in SC

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HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – One out of every five children in SC experiences a mental health disorder, and in any given year, only 20 percent of children with mental disorders are identified and receive mental health services.

On Wednesday, May 8, Governor Nikki Haley will be on the state capitol steps to proclaim the week of May 5-11 Children's Mental Health Awareness week across South Carolina, according to a news release.

 "When we focus on building resilience and social-emotional skills in young children from birth, especially if they have experienced a traumatic event, we can help young children, youth and their families thrive," said Diane Flashnick, Executive Director, Federation of Families of South Carolina.

According to the release, approximately 50 percent of students 14 and older living with a mental illness drop out of high school, and suicide is the third leading cause of death of youth ages 15 to 24 nationwide.

For more information, visit www.fedfamsc.org or call the Federation of Families of SC at 866-779-0402.

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