State of Delaware secondary Archives: on Families & Children


Jack Markell: Youth suicide: the most tragic child mental health problem

Suicides among our youth are the most tragic child mental health problem in our state, and we have taken serious steps to address them. Last year, we worked together to fund new training for front line school personnel to recognize early signs of trauma in children, and we worked together with Johns Hopkins School of Medicine to offer the highest-quality training to all of our high schools in detection and prevention of depression in teenagers. Our Health Care Commission targeted funds to encourage mental health professionals to practice in southern Delaware, where we have a shortage. And we closed gaps in our state's support network for child victims of trauma; now each child victim has a case manager who helps guide that child's family through the different services that these most vulnerable children need. But there is still more to do, both to address youth suicides and the many other mental health issues that professionals are seeing in children. I ask you for your support.
Source: 2013 Del. State of the State speech Jan 17, 2013

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