Anna was happy child. She loved her family, especially her sister. And she loved her
stuffed animals. Anna was one of the top performers in her fifth grade class. But
when Anna entered Sixth grade, her behavior changed dramatically. Her grades
dropped, she became disengaged with school activities, and she became disruptive
in class. She started fighting with other children at school. Anna’s parents had
recently separated and she was having difficulty adjusting to this change. Anna was
on a downward emotional spiral.
Increasing awareness about childhood mental health issues and promoting access to
better care will help children like Anna lead successful lives. Through the work of
the Texas State of Mind initiative, children like Anna will be able to get help early in
their struggles. Teachers and counselors will have the resources to better recognize
changes in behavior. And parents will have access to a network of qualified
professionals to help children with their mental health needs.