Please take 2 minutes today to urge Congress to include critical increases to children’s mental health programs in a forthcoming funding package.
APA is partnering with organizations focused on children’s health care, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association, on the “Sound the Alarm for Kids” campaign. This campaign amplifies the urgent need to address child and adolescent mental health nationally, both in school-based and other community settings.
You are only 5 clicks away from asking your Members of Congress to increase funding for key federal programs that study the behavioral health of youth and expand equitable and sustainable access to services.
Why this matters:
Psychological science shows the profound impact of failing to address a child’s early symptoms of a mental or behavioral health disorder. This includes a greater likelihood of difficulties with learning and/or finding employment, addiction to substances, and involvement with the criminal justice system.
Data show that the COVID-19 pandemic worsened concerning trends related to child and adolescent behavioral health. The impacts of this are exacerbated among vulnerable populations, including children of color, LGBTQ+ youth, and those with physical or developmental disabilities.
Your advocacy on behalf of children’s mental health funding can help the next generation succeed – please do not sit this campaign out! Click here to take action today.
Katherine B. McGuire
Chief Advocacy Officer