From our CEO

Dear Friends,

It should not be a surprise to any of you that we are in the midst of a mental health crisis.  COVID, along with concerns about inflation, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, political divisiveness, and climate change – have placed a heavy burden on everyone. But the pandemic has disproportionately impacted the health and well-being of our children.  Since the beginning of COVID, anxiety and depression in young people has doubled. Emergency room visits for suspected suicide attempts increased by 51 percent for girls and 4 percent for adolescent boys over the past two years. Further, according to the Centers for Disease Control, more than a third of high school students reported they experienced poor mental health during the pandemic, and 44% reported they felt persistently sad or hopeless. 

At Adelphoi, we have experienced this impact firsthand.  Our education programs are overflowing with kids who are in crisis.  Our partner school districts have asked us to step in and assist in the provision of mental health services in public schools.  Our residential programs have long waiting lists for admission.

At the same time, we are in a position of scaling back services due to a lack of available staff.  The perfect storm of programming need and labor shortage has left our staff working overtime and trying to fill in gaps in services.  I worry about our kids, but I also worry about the burden of our staff. They are the heart and soul of what makes up Adelphoi and it’s only through their Herculean efforts that we can continue transforming the lives of those in crisis.

Stakes for our kids have never been higher.  We need your support more than ever to help us bring healing to those most impacted by the pandemic. We ask for your continued support and advocacy as we do our best to provide youth with the ability to build resiliency in what are most challenging times. 

Regards,

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Nancy Kukovich
CEO