WASHINGTON, D.C. – During tonight’s State of the Union address, Sound the Alarm for Kids was pleased to hear President Biden call attention to how our nation’s youth are being particularly impacted by the mental health emergency taking place across the country.
“The national mental health strategy laid out by President Biden during his State of the Union address will be a critical step to expand access to comprehensive behavioral health care for kids, teens and families. It also ensures our nation’s mental health crisis is top of mind as Congress sets its priorities for 2022,” said Amy Wimpey Knight, president of the Children’s Hospital Association, a founding partner of Sound the Alarm for Kids. “The kid’s mental health crisis taking place today is a national emergency, and American families are more concerned than ever with their children’s mental well-being. The COVID-19 pandemic magnified the growing mental health crisis among children over the past two years, forcing kids to shoulder unprecedented stress and isolation while simultaneously reducing access to already-limited behavioral health resources.
“We applaud President Biden for calling on Congress to expand access to care for children facing the greatest need, in addition to strengthening social media protections for kids and addressing mental health holistically and equitably. We look forward to working with policymakers to support pediatric mental health and set our kids up for success by ensuring every child has access to comprehensive care.”