Help Us Light the Way to Better Mental Health Care for Kids

At CHKD, we’re doing everything we can to respond to the pediatric mental health crisis that is gripping our nation and our state. But we can’t do it alone.

CHKD established the Lighting the Way Campaign to support our efforts to address the shortage of mental health services for children in our region and beyond. The centerpiece of this initiative is Children’s Pavilion, a 14-story tower on our main campus in Norfolk where exceptionally talented clinicians, researchers, and medical educators from across the U.S. have joined the CHKD team to provide desperately needed mental health inpatient, outpatient, and partial hospitalization services.

Children’s Pavilion opened on April 25, 2022, with the launch of outpatient services in mental health and the opening of General Academic Pediatrics and a sports medicine clinic. The opening of inpatient mental health services began on October 11, 2023.

The generous response of our community to this need has been remarkable. The Lighting the Way Campaign for mental health has been one of the most successful in CHKD history, raising over $75 million to help provide the care children so desperately need.

But the mental health needs of our children continue to grow at an unprecedented rate. The programs that CHKD provides at Children’s Pavilion, and throughout our community, are just beginning to meet this demand. We must do more, but we need your help.

The compassion and generosity of our community allowed us to create the beautiful and therapeutic space at Children’s Pavilion that serves as home to CHKD’s mental health initiative. Now, our programs, services, and staffing must continue to expand to ensure we are able to help the growing number of children in crisis.

Please join us in lighting the way to a brighter future for all children by making a gift to our mental health campaign.

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