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Mental Health Policy and Outreach

Prioritizing Mental Health Transcript

Prioritizing Mental Health by Emily Moss

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Title: Prioritizing Children’s Mental Health (white text on black background with blue lines that open and then close the text, no narration)

Know the importance of children’s mental health (Written in white letters on black background, no narration)

Spoken: 80% of children with mental health conditions do not receive treatment, which is due to stigma associated with mental health, the fact that treatment is not always considered as necessary as other forms of healthcare, and the lack of resources available (Image of child on a hammock with their bare feet hanging. White text appears, Stigma, Importance of Treatment, Resources Available)

Reducing Stigma (Written in white letters on black background, no narration)

Spoken: Stigma of mental illnesses prevents children from getting the help that they need and can be reduced through utilizing brain based language, being aware of the warning signs, normalizing mental illness, and treating it like any other medical condition (Black and white image of child sitting against a blank wall with head in hands, text in black: Brain Based Language, Awareness, Normalizing, Treatment)

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Spoken: One resources is The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) which offers basics training courses to understand that mental illness is a medical condition. They also focus on using brain language when describing mental illness, www.nami.org (Written on screen: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) nami.org, in white text with a blue background)

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Spoken: Another source is the American Psychiatric Association, which provides a description of warning signs of mental illness to inform and present possible treatment options. (Written on screen: American Psychiatric Association psychiatry.org, in white text with a blue background)

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Spoken: There is also the nonprofit Bringing Change to Mind, which is dedicated to normalizing mental illness by creating dialogues, raising awareness, and speaking out (Written on screen: Bring Change to Mind, bringchange2mind.org, in white text with a blue background)

Impact of Untreated Mental Health Conditions (Written in white letters on black background, no narration)

Spoken: 80% people who have a mental illness do not receive treatment, which can impact multiple aspects of their lives (Image of window showing outside with raindrops)

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Spoken: 90% of those who die from suicide experience mental illness (Black and white image of person with hands in face)

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Spoken: 70% of youth in state and juvenile justice systems have a mental illness (Black and white image of empty prison hall)

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Spoken: 50% of students age 14 or older with mental health conditions drop out of high school (Color image of empty classroom)

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Spoken: However, 90% of those who receive treatment have a reduction of symptoms and an improved quality of life (Image of couple walking through a park with trees and leaves on the ground)

Where to Find Resources (Written in white letters on black background, no narration)

Spoken: Iowa ranks 47th for number of psychiatrists and 46th for number of psychologists with less than 300 providers in the state. Information on where to find resources is needed for parents to seek treatment for their children. (Close up image of doctor’s lab goat with stethoscope)

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Spoken: One resource is the Office of Consumer Affairs, which is a federally funded program in every stat that can provide referrals for mental health conditions (Written on screen: Office of Consumer Affairs, http://ocaiowa.org, in white text with blue background)

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Spoken: There is also the organization Please Pass the Love, which is Iowa based and dedicated to increasing school-based mental health through conferences and training for parents (Written on screen: Please Pass the Love, pleasepassthelove.org/, in white text with blue background)

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Spoken: Another resource is The Mental Health and Disability Services (MHDS) which is a division of the Iowa Department of Human Services that partially funds and coordinates mental health services (Written on screen: The Mental Health and Disability Services (MHDS), dhs.iowa.gov/mhds, in white text with blue background)

What You Can Do (Written in white letters on black background, no narration)

Spoken: Be aware of the impact of untreated mental health conditions. Prioritize your child’s mental health as you would any other medical condition. Normalize mental health treatment and

try to find resources if available (Written on Screen: Be aware, prioritize, normalize, written in white text on blue background)

End Credits:

Narrated by: Emma Christophe

Created by Emily Moss for Grinnell Course, HUM 295.02: Mental Health Policy and Outreach (Image of Digital Brides Logo in white with blue and green text)

Sources

U.S. Public Health Service, Report of the Surgeon General’s Conference on Children’s Mental Health: A National Action Agenda. Washington, DC: Department of Health and Human Services, 2000.

National Alliance on Mental Illness, Mental Health Conditions. https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-Conditions

American Psychiatric Association, Warning Signs of Mental Ilnness https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/warning-signs-of-mental-illness Bring Change to Mind http://bringchange2mind.org/

Transitional Mental Health Services, The Facts About Mental Health (2017) http://www.transmhs.org/the-facts-about-mental-health.php.

National Institute on Mental Health. www.nimh.nih.gov

Skowyra, Kathleen and Cocozza, Ph.D., Joseph J., National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice, A Blueprint for Change: Improving the System Response to Youth with Mental Health Needs Involved with the Juvenile Justice System, (June 2006).

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. www.ed.gov

Iowa Department of Public Health, Mental Health and Disabilities Workforce Workgroup Final Report (January 2013). http://dhs.iowa.gov/sites/default/files/IDPH-Mental-Health-Workforce-Workgroup-Final-Report.pdf

Iowa Office of Consumer Affairs. http://ocaiowa.org/

Please Pass the Love. http://www.pleasepassthelove.org/

Division of Mental Health and Disability Services. http://dhs.iowa.gov/mhds

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