A large coalition of children’s mental health advocacy organizations has sent a letter to President Biden urging him to declare a National Emergency for children’s mental health that requires all sectors to come together and take action.
“On behalf of the undersigned 134 national and state organizations who are dedicated to the mental health and well-being of infants, children, adolescents, and young adults, we write to thank you for the attention you and your administration have given to the youth mental health crisis in the U.S. This month marks the one-year anniversary of the declaration of a National State of Emergency in Children’s Mental Health issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Children’s Hospital Association. While much has been done by the federal government to address the crisis, the mental health of our nation’s youth continues to deteriorate. We urge you to treat the youth mental health crisis as the national emergency it continues to be and declare a federal National Emergency in children’s mental health.” You may read more here.