Monday, March 25, 2019
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The Tunica Times • P.O. Box 308/986 Magnolia Street, Tunica, MS 38676

Family Matters: How to protect children’s mental health

Life can be tough on people and children are no exception. Some years ago, I did therapy with a 6 year old boy who parents brought him to see me after he tried to kill himself. Fortunately, he didn’t succeed because his little hands weren’t strong enough to pull the trigger of the antique gun he found stored at home. He survived, thrived and grew up to be a very fine doctor.

As we watch the country’s suicide rate increase, concerns about our children’s mental health is an issue for many people who are concerned with their welfare. Every 12 minutes, an American dies by suicide and people who have mental illness as adults,(according to research by the world Health Organization) 50 percent of mental illnesses that occur in a lifetime begin by age 14.

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