Trauma often the root cause of behavioral and mental health issues among children

Since the tragedy last December at Sandy Hook Elementary School, mental health professionals and educators have shown a growing interest in better understanding the effects of trauma, and evidence-based ways they can address it, reports The CT Mirror

“‘Childhood trauma, in public health, is probably considered today the single greatest preventable cause of mental illness,’ Dr. Ken Spiegelman, a Manchester pediatrician, told an audience of school nurses at a recent training session on trauma.”

Citing the ACE study, the article highlights the high rates of childhood trauma and its long-term impact. The ACE study examined adverse childhood experiences and trauma using data from more than 17,000 people enrolled in the Kaiser Health Plan in California.

The good news: trauma is treatable. Early identification and treatment of trauma can help thwart its devastating effects, including risky behaviors, poor mental health and chronic medical conditions.

Polaris Health Directions, with funding from the National Institutes of Health, has developed a suite of Web-based outcomes management systems for youth that assess for behavioral trauma, strengths and assets, and current or past trauma, among other benchmarks. The systems all provide a comprehensive basis for improved treatment planning and monitoring for a variety of settings. Learn more.