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Quick Facts

  • About 1 out of 200 students under 18 struggle with OCD, which usually begins in adolescence but can be seen in young children.1

  • Depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are the most common mental health disorders in adolescents.2

  • 9.8% of Virginia’s high school students have attempted suicide. 6.3% of Virginia’s middle school students have attempted suicide.3

  • In a given year approximately 20% of American children will be diagnosed with a mental health issue.4

  • In 2011 26% of Virginia’s 9-12 graders reported they had felt sad or hopeless within the past 12 months, with 8% having had a major depressive episode.5

  • If your child has special needs, it is thought that the risk of a psychiatric disorder is three to four time as likely as that of a typically developing child.6

  • Good news! On October 17, 2014 the Governor announced that Virginia has been awarded two five-year federal grants, Project Aware, to improve mental health services for its students.7

  • If you have a mental health concern about your child, start with his Primary care physician and his teachers. Remember, you know your child the best and if he needs support you are first in line.

  • A good place to start for help with mental health services:

NAMI Virginia
PO Box 8260
Richmond, VA 23226-0260

Primary phone: (804) 285-8264


Alternate phone: (888) 486-8264
President, Bill Farrington

Find your local NAMI: Click on “State/Local NAMI” (), then click on the state of Virginia

8003 Forbes Place, Suite 310
Springfield, VA 22151
703-923-0010 (phone)
800-869-6782 (toll free)

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PEATC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit committed to building positive futures for Virginia's children by working collaboratively with families, schools and communities in order to improve opportunities for excellence in education and success in school and community life. Our special focus is children with disabilities. You can reach PEATC by calling 703-923-0010 (Voice/TTY), or sending an e-mail to

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