- As many as 8.3 percent of teens suffer depression for at least a year at a time, compared to about 5.3 percent of the general population. Read more.
- About 20 percent of teens will experience teen depression before they reach adulthood. Read more.
- Each of the 8 adverse childhood experiences increased the risk of ever attempting suicide from 2- to 5-fold. Read more.
- About 19% of youth in Indiana have attempted suicide (the 2nd highest in the nation). Read more.
- Suicide has been the second-leading cause of death for young Hoosiers between the ages of 15 and 24 since 2009. Read more.
- Over 6 million children ages 4-17 have been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Read more.
- The average age of an ADHD diagnosis is seven years old. Read more.
- Males are almost three times more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than females. Read more.
- Adult & Child
- Aspire Indiana
- Cummins Behavioral Health
- Gallahue Mental Health Services
- Midtown Mental Health
- Cassiobury Court
View MCCOY’s “Our Kids, Our Families, Our Communities” television show about adverse childhood experiences here.
View MCCOY’s “Our Kids, Our Families, Our Communities” television show about mental health awareness here.
Youth Champion: Ami Anderson, Reclaiming Our Opportunities To Succeed Program
Reclaiming Our Opportunities To Succeed (ROOTS) Program’s Ami Anderson. ROOTS is a day treatment program for Indianapolis Public School students who have trouble reaching their full potential in school due to significant behavior and/or mental health concerns. The ROOTS program provides a multifaceted treatment approach, partnership between education and mental health, focus on daily counseling, low student-teacher ratio, family services, and crisis intervention. Check out the interview below to learn more about Ms. Anderson and the organization.
- Why did you want to go into this line of work?
When I was in college and getting my teaching degree I worked at group home for kids with development disabilities. Most of the kids at the home were not verbal and very disabled. There was a kid named John who was placed the group home because he came out of foster care. There was trouble placing him in a foster home because of his developmental problems. However he didn’t fit in with the other kids at the home because he was verbal while the other kids weren’t. I spent a lot of time with him and took him home with me on holidays. When I was working in my teaching degree I decided to specialize in mental health, because of that boy named John.
- What was your first day on the job like?
It was thrilling and overwhelming. I took a position in Castor, WY. I worked in a bridge classroom with kids who had varying disabilities- blindness, emotional disabilities, and 6-7 children with learning disabilities. Teaching is a huge and awesome responsibility. I liked day one and I love it now, its great work.
- What is most rewarding about your job?
Developing relationships with children. Witnessing their progress and watching children grow.
- What is the most challenging part of your job?
It is meeting the needs of children and families within the context of systems that aren’t able to meet their needs. It is challenging to deal with systematic issues that aren’t able to do what needs to be done for kids or families.
- How has MCCOY helped your organization succeeded or grow?
MCCOY is helpful because it provides services outside of schools and bridges services. Families lack support services, and MCCOY builds support systems outside and inside community. They help families come together and prosper.
- Where do you see yourself and your organization in five years?
I hope that the bridge program will be helping more children and families. I hope that we’ve made progress in the ability to transition kids out of the program. I hope that in five years there is less need for what we do, because schools and communities are taking better care of our children.
For more information about the ROOTS Program, check out their website: http://www.myips.org/Page/34222.