Giving Compass' Take:

• Patti Verbanas at Futurity talks to Kelly Moore at the Children's Center for Resilience and Trauma Recovery about mental illness in children and how parents, teachers, and other adults can learn to recognize warning signs.

• The first step to helping mental illnesses is awareness. How can philanthropists fund research to better support this?

Here are 5 crucial things you need to know about mental health. 

A recent report shows a rise in suicide attempts via drug overdose by preteens in New Jersey over the past 18 months. The findings align with national trends.

“This illustrates the need for people who encounter children regularly to be aware of early signs of mental illness, such as anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts,” says Kelly Moore, program manager for the Children’s Center for Resilience and Trauma Recovery at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care.

“Children who appear aggressive or despondent may actually be dealing with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, or trauma.”

Moore trains adults who have daily contact with young children, such as teachers, coaches, parents, and others, to recognize the warning signs of serious mental illness and suicidal thoughts, and to connect them with the help they need.

The report comes from the New Jersey Poison Control Center at Rutgers.

Read the full article about recognizing mental illness in children by Patti Verbanas at Futurity.