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Lighting the Way - Support Our Pediatric Mental Health Program

  • New Mental Health Hospital Rendering - North West View
  • New Mental Health Hospital Rendering - South East View
  • New Mental Health Hospital Rendering - North East View
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Help Us Light the Way to Better Mental Health Care for Kids

We are in crisis. One out of every five children has a diagnosable mental health condition. While early intervention can make a life or death difference, fewer than 25 percent of those children receive treatment. Our children are dying every day by suicide.

The need for additional pediatric mental health services is putting pressure on our schools, our families, and every aspect of our region's medical system. Mental health issues are the most common reason local youths ages 10 through17 are admitted to hospitals. And more than one-third of visits to primary care pediatricians are for mental health concerns. 

The time has come and the responsibility is ours to provide the mental health services our children need.

Right now, on CHKD's Norfolk campus we are building hope in the form of a 14-story, $224 million mental health hospital and outpatient center for children. This extraordinary facility will open in 2022 with 60 private patient rooms and space for programs that address specific gaps in mental health care in our region. 

We want to bring light to children and families living in darkness. And we need your help to achieve this goal. Please support our campaign to light the way for better mental health for our children. Together we can change the trajectory of our children's lives and build a better future for all.  

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The Need is Real

Suicide is the Leading Cause of Death in Youth Ages 10-24

1 in 5 Children has a Diagnosable Mental Health Condition

10 Children Per Day are Admitted to CHKD for a Mental Health Evaluation

18% of High School Students Considered Suicide in the Past Year