Children, families, teachers and providers can find answers to mental health issues at SimplyHealthyMinds.com

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Simply Healthcare has partnered with the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FCAAP) to launch an online toolkit of resources – www.SimplyHealthyMinds.com – to help communities overcome the mental health challenges facing children.

The online toolkit is timely given the growing crisis of mental health issues in children. One in five children have mental health problems. Half of people with diagnosable conditions do not seek help or treatment.

On SimplyHealthyMinds.com, users can find resources such as guidelines for parents to talk to teens, conversation starters for parents to talk with kids, journal entry prompts to help kids express their feelings, access to local community help programs, screening tools and suicide prevention hotline.

“Simply Healthcare is committed to supporting the overall health of Florida children – their physical, mental and emotional health,” said Holly prince, president of Simply Healthcare Medicaid Plan. “SimplyHealthyMinds.com will serve as a trusted source of mental health information and the programs available to help children and families overcome mental health issues and find appropriate treatment. We are delighted to partner with the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics in this important mission to improve the lives of those we are privileged to serve. “

The information on the website is organized by user so that children, adolescents, parents, health care providers, teachers, or others who interact with children can find the resources that are useful to them.

“There are real consequences when children who need support don’t have access to it,” said Dr. Lisa Gwynn, president of the Florida chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. “That’s why we wanted to make it easier to find available resources and help Floridians meet the challenges of mental health issues in children. “

September marks Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. As Floridians seek resources to help them, they can trust the information, tools and activities at SimplyHealthyMinds.com. The content was curated by experts from Simply Healthcare and pediatricians from FCAAP.

The rise in mental health problems among children is in part due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Jed Foundation report: Fluent Family Wellbeing Study, 60% of parents report that their children have experienced distress in the past year. Since the onset of COVID-19, Florida has seen a 30% increase in the Baker Acts – the act of hiring someone at a mental health treatment center – among children ages 12 to 17.

Mental health issues can affect many areas of children’s lives, including their happiness, physical health, and academic performance. Fortunately, Simply Healthcare and FCAAP recognize the growing need to support children with mental health challenges and have taken action to help them.

Visit SimplyHealthyMinds.com to find guidelines, best practices, and local programs.


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