Washington, D.C., November 2, 2021 –
Today The Kennedy Forum joined “Sound the Alarm for Kids” as a national partner committed to helping raise awareness about the mental health emergency in children and adolescents.
“COVID-19 has had many dire consequences, including the catastrophic emotional turmoil thrust upon our youth, who were in no way equipped to navigate the uncertainties of a global pandemic. It’s time to listen to our experts and address this crisis head on by improving access to care; building a larger, more diverse workforce of providers; and prioritizing prevention and early intervention efforts.” said Amy Kennedy, Education Director of The Kennedy Forum.
The national facts and statistics are compelling.
- Before the pandemic, 1 in 5 children – anyone under age 18 – experienced a mental health condition on an annual basis.
- From 2007 to 2018, there was a 60% increase in the rate of suicide among 10- to 24-year-olds, making it the second leading cause of death for this age group.
- More than half of adults (53%) with children in their household say they are concerned about the mental state of their children.
“As a former educator, I’ve seen first-hand the long-term ramifications of untreated mental health challenges.” added Kennedy. “We cannot stand idly by when the futures of so many are at risk.”
About The Kennedy Forum
Founded in 2013 by former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy (D-R.I.), The Kennedy Forum leads a national dialogue on transforming the health care system by uniting mental health advocates, business leaders, and government agencies around a common set of principles, including full implementation of the Federal Parity Law. Launched in celebration of the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s signing of the landmark Community Mental Health Act, the nonprofit aims to achieve health equity by advancing evidence-based practices, policies, and programming for the treatment of mental health and addiction. The Kennedy Forum’s “Don’t Deny Me” campaign educates consumers about their rights under the Federal Parity Law and connects them with essential appeals guidance and resources. To learn more about The Kennedy Forum, please visit www.thekennedyforum.org.