Comprehensive care includes psychosocial and emotional health. For several years, ConnectMed has led or supported play and art programs that foster self-esteem and self-empowerment among patients with craniofacial and other visible differences in Tijuana, Mexico and Lilongwe, Malawi.
ConnectMed has expanded its scope to address specific psychosocial needs for these and their families in the U.S. Why?
Children who “look different” and their family members are at an elevated risk for mental health issues that can lead to long-term cognitive, health-related, and behavioral problems.
40-60% of kids with visible differences report being teased or bullied because of the way they look.
1 in 3 people with a facial deformity has experienced abuse in the street.