When children and youth are exposed to traumatic events, the effects don’t stop after childhood. Long-reaching effects can stretch past adolescence, with studies showing a relationship between childhood trauma and the development of chronic physical and mental problems well into adulthood.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its “Caring for Every Child’s Mental Health” platform help address the needs of at-risk youth by creating an effective, dynamic network of community-based services and supports. These “systems of care” build meaningful relationships for children and families, helping kids function better not only at home and school, but in their communities and throughout their lives as well.
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