Emily GirschMay 10, 2018, 6:20 pmMay 11, 2018, 2:51 pm

Children's Mental Health Awareness Day provides message of caring, hope, protection

According to Daytop New Jersey, 1 in 10 children have mental health conditions, and 70 percent are not receiving treatment


MENDHAM TOWNSHIP — Daytop New Jersey, a substance abuse and mental health treatment center that also functions as an accredited middle and high school, put on a special display for Children's Mental Health Awareness Day on Thursday.

Dozens of green uMbrellas formed the shape of a heart over the center, as a way of showing support to children with mental illnesses.

"One in 10 children in our schools have a diagnosable mental health condition, and 70 percent of them aren't getting treatment," said Kim O'Connor, vice president of clinical services. "The umbrellas symbolize that you're protected. There is rain and storms in life that can get tiresome, but the umbrella, Daytop, and the community are here to support you."

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