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Speak Up For Reform Of The Children’s Mental Health System

Speak Up For Reform Of The Children’s Mental Health System

June 6, 2008

The Children’s Mental Health Campaign has scheduled its 8th and 9th regional legislative forums of the spring: Friday, June 20 from 10-11:30 at Brockton Public Library (304 Main Street, Brockton) and Friday, June 27 at the Lowell MSPCC Offices (126 Phoenix Avenue, Lowell).

The children’s mental health system in Massachusetts is failing our children. Of the 140,000 young people who need mental health services each year, 100,000 do not get the care they need. More than 50% of students who drop out of school have a mental illness – the highest of any disability group. Suicide remains the third leading cause of death for kids between 10-24, and 90% of those who commit suicide have a diagnosable and treatable mental illness at the time of their death.

These forums will be an opportunity for persons with a personal experience with the children’s mental health system or anyone who is concerned about the issue to speak to legislators about the need to reform the current system. The time is NOW to make changes to help our kids.

Earlier forums have been hugely successful – having been attended by more than 300 parents, advocates, service providers, and legislators. These forums are open to the public and all are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Matt Noyes, HCFA’s Children’s Health Coordinator.