Be a Green Ribbon Advocate...
Children's Mental Health Needs YOU!
Kristin Melton, MS, LCPC
Green Ribbon Advocate
Children's Mental Health Network
Families need support,
no matter how they
Whether it be single parent, blended, married parents, grandparents, or LGBTQI2S families, all of them -- regardless of ethnicity, heritage, or culture -- need some type of support when children are diagnosed with a mental health challenge.
Any family must adapt to the needs of their children, and mental illness requires strength from within. A needed component is the support of the family's community. Embracing and supporting those with a mental health challenge, instead of stigmatizing and stereotyping, is the goal of a green ribbon advocate.
There are many ways that you can become involved and be an advocate for children's mental health.
Being an advocate simply means that you support diagnosis and treatment of children's mental health. Advocacy signifies that you understand that 1 in 5 children have a mental health challenge and are not getting the treatment that they need to succeed. You should be promote the fact that mental health is not caused by parenting and that support is essential for the caregivers of the child with a diagnosis.
How to show your support and be a Green Ribbon Advocate:
- Display or wear a green ribbon.
- Help reduce the stigma surrounding diagnosis and treatment by encouraging encouraging yourself and others to not use negative terms to describe mental health.
- Share the message that mental health challenges are not caused by the way caregivers parent their children and that judgment will not cause someone to recover.
- Encourage legislators to not cut mental health funding because it is essential to everyone's future.
- Share your story about mental health diagnosis and treatment. Speaking out helps model to others that it's OK to talk about mental illness.
- Support others who share their story and lift up their resiliency!
Did You Know...
That 1 in 5* children have a mental illness?
In the average classroom of 25 students, that means 5 of those children suffer from a mental illness
that will impede their ability socially and academically.
That 79%* of those children will not receive the supports and services that they need?
Lack of diagnosis and treatment can increase the chances of
school truency and eventually dropping out of school.
That 90%* of children who commit suicide have a mental illness?
Diagnosis and treatment IS that important. In order to make a difference, we must reduce the
social stigma that prevents children and youth from seeking treatment. We all can help save lives.
*Statistical information presented here is from ffcmh.org website resources/publications. Narrative information is supplied by the greenribbonadvocates.com website author.