Childhood and Adolescent Mental Illnesses Take Center Stage at NAMI's 21st Annual Convention in San Diego
For Immediate Release, June 6, 2000
Contacts: Mary Rappaport or Peg Nichols 703-524-7600
Arlington, VA --- Early onset of mental illnesses in children and adolescents will be a major focus at the annual convention of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), to be held in San Diego, CA, June 14-18, 2000.
"Families with children who have mental illnesses have a tremendous need to learn as much as possible about evidence-based treatment and diagnosis," said NAMI Executive Director Laurie Flynn. "That's why we have assembled the nation's foremost experts to share what they know about managing these disorders while supporting parents as partners in treatment."
In announcing a youth focus for its national meeting, NAMI noted that one in 10 children and adolescents have mental illnesses severe enough to cause some level of impairment. Yet, fewer than one in five of these young people receives needed treatment. The most commonly diagnosed disorders in children and adolescents are attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and pervasive developmental disorders. Further, NAMI cited suicide as the third-leading cause of death among youth, ages 15 through 24, a rate that has nearly tripled during the past 40 years.
"Clearly, we must do a better job of reaching these young people and their families before tragedy strikes," said Flynn. "NAMI's convention offers real hope and concrete information to help these families get the best care possible.
|What:||NAMI Annual Convention|
|When:||Wednesday, June 14 through Sunday, June 18, 2000|
|Where:||Town and Country Resort Hotel
500 Hotel Circle North
San Diego, CA
Thursday, June 15, 2000
Friday, June 16, 2000
Saturday, June 17, 2000
In conjunction with NAMI's annual convention, families who have children and adolescents with mental illnesses - from the San Diego area and from across the country - will be available to share their personal experiences with media representatives. To arrange media interviews or discuss additional story ideas, please contact NAMI's Communications Department at (703) 312-7886, before June 15, 2000.
Beginning June 15, contact the NAMI Press Room in the Terrace Salon 2 at the Convention Center at the Town & Country Resort Hotel. Call the main number at (619) 291-7131 and ask to be transferred.
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