Wisconsin kids are in crisis. The need for mental health services is increasing as Wisconsin kids and teens are hospitalized for a mental health condition at more than four times the national rate.
Children’s Wisconsin is launching Shine Through, an awareness campaign to help address the mental and behavioral health challenges of kids.
The awareness campaign highlights Children’s five-year, $150 million plan to detect mental health needs sooner, improve access to services and reduce the stigma around the illness.
“Children’s Wisconsin has more than 2 million touch points with kids across the state each year. We know how much these resources are needed,” said Peggy Troy, president and CEO of Children’s Wisconsin. “With Shine Through, we can help the community be more aware of and address mental health, and ultimately, improve the health of Wisconsin’s kids.”
The rollout of the awareness campaign will be featured on social media, digital ads, home mailings and other communication efforts.
$150 million need for mental health efforts
Children’s Wisconsin is focused on seven initiatives to implement over the next five years to help address the growing mental and behavioral health crisis facing Wisconsin kids. They are:
$15 million challenge ongoing to support mental health initiatives
In January, Children’s announced a $15 million challenge to support the health system’s $150 million plan. An anonymous donor made the largest single donation in Children’s Wisconsin history with a $15 million pledge to match dollar-for-dollar donations designated to support mental and behavioral health services. The anonymous donor made this commitment hoping it would inspire others to give.
Additional donations have come from: