Facing the Growing Crisis in Children’s Mental Health

In October 2018, Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital with the Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Pierce County Police Chiefs Association, Tacoma School District and HopeSparks convened a Children’s Mental Health Summit. 70-plus leaders and front-line staff – spanning emergency services, law enforcement, mental health, juvenile justice, crisis services, emergency medicine, primary care, education, and social services – came together to define the barriers and begin to identify a common agenda to improve child and adolescent mental health services.

Key summit themes:

  • Agencies across the board have the will to improve. There is tremendous energy to build a collaborative solution and engage in collective action.
  • A formal collaborative effort is needed to bring partners together around a common vision and agenda.
  • Partners share a keen focus on equity as a value and common goal.
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PPE Kids Guide

PPE for Healthcare Workers

One of the practical tips to making PPE more approachable which was approved by Mary Bridge Infection Prevention is to wear a picture of yourself smiling on the outside of your gown so that they can see what you look like. To support this strategy, Kid’s Mental Health Pierce County (KMHPC) is launching the “Under the Mask is a Helper” campaign to provide behavioral health and medical professionals with a free button with your uploaded picture.

To order your KMHPC button visit the Becka Makes Buttons Website

Use Password: helper

Tips for Ordering:

  • The website works best using the Chrome or Firefox browser.
  • Upon completion of your photo upload your organization address and not your personal address for disbursement.
  • Button orders will be completed weekly while supplies last.

“Our schools have been significantly impacted by an increase in unmet behavioral health needs among our youth, at a time when fiscal limitations restrict our ability to respond. The work of this collaborative provides much needed coordination, collaboration, and HOPE for our most vulnerable population..”

Dr. Glenn E. Malone
Chief Officer
Puyallup School District

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