As parents and educators, we know the situation with our children’s emotional and mental health is at a tipping point due to the pressures and upheavals of the past two years. We fully support this declaration of emergency from the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Children’s Hospital Association. At New Pacific Schools we are committed to fostering a community that fully supports children’s needs at all levels, including social-emotional development, and we do that through small schools and effective professional staffing and resources for our families.

AAP-AACAP-CHA Declaration of a National Emergency in Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Source: American Academy of Pediatrics

A declaration from the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Children’s Hospital Association:

As health professionals dedicated to the care of children and adolescents, we have witnessed soaring rates of mental health challenges among children, adolescents, and their families over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, exacerbating the situation that existed prior to the pandemic.  Children and families across our country have experienced enormous adversity and disruption.  The inequities that result from structural racism have contributed to disproportionate impacts on children from communities of color…   read more