With COVID-19, children in New York have faced a year of loss, isolation, disrupted learning, and financial distress. The harms of this pandemic to children’s emotional and mental wellbeing are widespread and undeniable. Fewer children are able to access care, even as more children are experiencing mental health crises at younger ages. The result has been a surge of children on waitlists or entering Emergency Rooms and hospitals in severe psychiatric distress.
Please send a letter to urge Mayor de Blasio and City Council members to ensure New York students have the behavioral health supports they need in schools.