"Step Up For Kids" Holds Third Annual Rally
Voices for Virginia’s Children, a youth advocacy group held their 3rd annual “Step Up for Kids Rally” at the state capitol yesterday. Craig Carper reports.
The event was aimed at improving mental health services for children and maintaining funding for existing support programs.
Alex Slusher is a mother and a suicide prevention advocate. She founded holdhope.org after her son Stuart committed suicide 18 months ago.
Slusher: Suicide is the third-leading cause of death of 15-24 year olds, the fourth of children ages 10-14. It’s a huge epidemic that we don’t talk about and I’m here because we need to talk about it. We need to help our kids. The CDC has said that 14.5 percent of high school students seriously consider suicide.
John Morgan is the Executive Director of Voices for Virginia’s Children.
Morgan: There is a tremendous need for improved mental health services for kids. Our children’s mental health campaign is the first statewide, really, really serious effort to build the public support and the political will to make the child mental health system better.
The group is trying to develop a comprehensive set of legislative reforms by 2012. To learn more about the campaign, you can go to oneinfivekids.org.
Craig Carper, WCVE News, Capitol Square