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Newly listed signs may help professionals and the public better recognize children's mental health needs. Child mental health epidemiologists, representatives of family advocacy groups, and policy experts have developed a list of “action signs”—indicators of a need for intervention—that can help teachers; parents; and professionals in the welfare, health care, and juvenile systems recognize underserved children with significant mental health needs, according to a report in the November 2011 issue of Pediatrics. The action signs are described in simple language that can be easily understood by all, like “Feeling very sad or withdrawn for more than [two] weeks,” with descriptions of why each sign is important. The list's developers hope to disseminate this information and, ultimately, close treatment gaps for children in danger once they're identified. An overview of the project, a tool kit, and additional resources are available online for free at http://bit.ly/vRXDLH.