Helping Our Kids When They Need It the Most

1 in every 5 children or adolescents will experience a mental health problem before the age of 21, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. This includes issues such as depression, attention and learning problems, eating disorders, substance abuse, anxiety, or even psychotic disorders.

A child’s ability to function can also be compromised by highly stressful events like divorce, domestic violence, chronic illness, or the death of a parent.
  
Yet, even as the need is increasing, only 20% of kids with a mental health problem will get the treatment they require. This is due in large part to limited or non-existent insurance coverage, a deepening shortage of pediatric mental health clinicians, and in many cases, the stigma of mental illness.
  
Newton-Wellesley Hospital is deeply committed to providing mental health services to the kids in our community through our Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Service, established in 2007 by Dr. Michael Jellinek, Chief of Clinical Affairs, Partners HealthCare, and former President of Newton-Wellesley Hospital. In fact, Newton-Wellesley Hospital is the only hospital in the Boston Metro West area to offer this service. While other hospitals in the area have drastically reduced or even eliminated their pediatric psychiatry services, Newton-Wellesley has expanded its services to respond to the overwhelming demand.
 
Last year, over 1,200 kids were treated at Newton-Wellesley for mental health issues.. We saw 700 children and teens in our Outpatient Clinic with more than 200 new referrals. Over 500 kids in emotional crisis came into our Emergency Department – each of whom required lengthy and complex evaluation and referral services. In addition, our child and adolescent psychiatrists saw patients admitted to our Inpatient Pediatrics Unit with serious psychiatric and medical issues.
 
The Need is Critical. . . the Time is NOW
 
We continue to experience an overwhelming and rapidly increasing demand for our pediatric mental health services. As a result, it can take up to 10-12 weeks for a new patient to be evaluated by one of our child and adolescent psychiatrists. When time is of the essence and a child’s well-being and very future is at stake, this wait is unacceptable.
 
Gifts raised through the Hospital's Gala and other leadership donations have been used to add staff, capacity and services. However, the goal is to raise an endowment fund of $5 Million to generate enough annual income to allow for further expansion and to protect the program from budget cuts due to inadequate insurance reimbursement rates. To reach this goal, additional funds from the community are still needed.
 
We urge you to consider a gift of any amount to support Newton-Wellesley Hospital's Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Service. Your support will enable our pediatric mental health care team to devote the time required to ensure the best possible outcome for each and every child or teen who seeks our help.
 
To find out how you can help, please contact (617) 243-6243 or NWHCF@partners.org.

Click here for information on how you can make a gift.
 
Thank you - your philanthropy will have an immediate and
lasting impact
on the kids and families in our community. 

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