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Blog Category: Children’s Mental Health

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9-8-8 is Just One Step Towards a Comprehensive Crisis Services System

This blog is the second post in a two-part series that takes a deeper look into Virginia’s efforts to integrate the 9-8-8 hotline with the behavioral health crisis services continuum….

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Impact of Burnout on Transitional Aged Youth

This post was written by former Voices intern Abby Aquije. Between a rigorous academic schedule, part-time job, and extracurriculars, my high-school self often had 12+ hour days. Just thinking about…

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Youth Mental Health Crisis

Written by Voices’ intern Abby Aquije Increasing mental health resources and access to behavioral health services is a necessary step to mend our youth mental health crisis. If we are truly…

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How the 988 Hotline Can Break Down Systemic Barriers to Health Care

This blog is the first of two posts that will take a deeper look into Virginia’s efforts to integrate the 988 hotline with the behavioral health crisis services continuum. **This…

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General Assembly 2022: Mental Health Wrap-Up

The momentum was in place for children’s mental health in Virginia. The US Surgeon General and key advocates declared a national emergency to confront a decade-long decline in children’s mental…

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Improving Family Economic Security Reduces Child Maltreatment

Guest Post by Jamia “Mia” Crockett, Chief Executive Officer of Families Forward Virginia Families Forward Virginia, in partnership with the Division of Family Services at Virginia Department of Social Services…

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2022 Youth Advocacy Cohort Application

Voices for Virginia’s Children is establishing a small cohort of youth advocates, comprised of young change makers, to join us for Advocacy Days at the General Assembly in January 2022….

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A National State of Emergency in Children’s Mental Health

Advocates, school personnel, mental health clinicians, and families have been saying for years – even before the pandemic –  that children’s mental health access is in a state of emergency….

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Talking to Youth After Violence

It is an unfortunate truth in this country that we must have difficult and scary conversations that follow acts of violence, including school shootings. These events stir up confusion, fear,…

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A “New Normal” for Children’s Mental Health

We are encouraged by the recent focus on and conversation about athletes’ mental health and normalizing the experiences of anxiety, depression and social-emotional well-being that all individuals face. This is…

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