Our future leaders need healthy minds.
Mental health care for children is underfunded and overstretched. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 80% of kids who need specialized mental health services don’t get them.
The COVID-19 pandemic turned the mental health crisis into an emergency. It exposed inequities and gaps in care. Depression, disordered eating and substance abuse increased sharply. So did domestic violence and gun violence.
Trauma and toxic stress harm children. They’re linked to heart problems, obesity and depression and lead to suicidal thoughts and actions. Children’s National aims to change this trajectory. We’ll tap into our expertise and community network to build a powerful force that intervenes before a crisis occurs.
Our commitment to comprehensive care integrates physical and mental health. We seek significant investments to translate this commitment into broader action.
Mental health innovations and expansion will help kids — from before birth by supporting maternal health, and through childhood, adolescence and beyond.
Contact Meredith Chipman at [email protected] to learn more and lead the way.