An estimated 46,000 children in Southwest Florida currently have or have had a seriously debilitating mental disorder. Providing services and financial support to these children and families has not been a top priority for the State of Florida nor the Southwest Florida Region.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey show that approximately 13% of children ages 8 to 15 had a diagnosable mental disorder within the previous year.
- The most common disorder among children is attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which affects 8.5% of the population.
- Mood disorders represent 3.7%, and major depressive disorder represents 2.7% of children with mental disorders.
- One in 66 children are estimated to have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
- Suicide is the #2 cause of death in children ages 10-17.
Your tax-deductible philanthropic gift will provide essential funding to create a pediatric behavioral health program and assist with the hiring of mental and behavioral health professionals, provide in-patient and outpatient counseling and therapy, assist with case management and navigation, and support families of children with behavioral health issues.