79% of children aged 6 to 17 with mental disorders do not receive appropriate care.
Children with mental health needs are best served with early detection and treatment, which can prevent them from having more expensive and intense forms of treatment later on.
Untreated mental illnesses may increase the risk of a child being involved in the juvenile justice system. According to one study, 66% of boys and almost 75% of girls in juvenile detention have at least one mental disorder.
Anxiety disorders, mood disorders and disruptive disorders are the most common mental disorders among children.