The Issue: Suicide Among Youth
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among youth aged 10–24, with approximately 4,600 lives lost each year, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A nationwide survey of students in grades 9–12 in public and private schools found that 16% of students reported seriously considering suicide, 13% reported creating a plan, and 8% reported attempting to take their own life in the past year.
The Campaign: Providing Therapy for Youth in Acute Care
If this Grassroots campaign raises $600, then the Marillac Center can provide 15 therapy sessions for a youth in acute care at its children's psychiatric hospital. Each additional $40 raised will provide another therapy session for a child.
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The only children's psychiatric hospital in Johnson County, Marillac Center provides a comprehensive range of mental-health services for children up to age 17, including hospitalization, residential treatment, and therapeutic education. To help traumatized or injured youth recuperate, recover, and reclaim their lives, Marillac uses a therapeutic model of care that helps children understand trauma and its impact on them.
Marillac's psychiatric hospital admits youth 24/7, including those in need of emergency assistance to stabilize an unsafe situation. In 2011, the hospital served 1,382 children and their families, and of those who reported suicidal ideation and self-harming behavior upon admission, a 99% decrease in those behaviors was observed upon discharge, according to Marillac's annual report. The organization also runs a residential treatment facility that serves children and adolescents in need of long-term, intensive treatment that cannot be provided in a hospital setting.