A Letter from
Dr. Harold Koplewicz
When we launched our “Ransom Notes” public awareness campaign this December, our intent was to spark a dialogue about America’s last silent public health crisis–the millions of children who suffer from untreated psychiatric and learning disorders. The campaign truly caught the public’s attention. We received thousands of calls and letters from parents, mental health professionals, educators, advocates, and concerned third parties, all of whom are passionate about helping children. Many people enthusiastically praised the campaign, others were deeply troubled, and some saw both perspectives.
We were so encouraged by the thoughtful response of our active community of caring parents and advocates for children that we plan to take advantage of this momentum with an online forum - not just about the campaign, but about what we can do together to improve awareness and care for children’s mental health. We need your help to do this. We invite all to participate and share their thoughts, insights and opinions at www.AboutOurKids.org on Tuesday, February 26 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, EST.
At the Child Study Center, in addition to our research, clinical care, and professional education efforts, we work to bring issues surrounding child and adolescent mental health to the top of America’s agenda. We invite you to partner with us to give children and their families equal access to health insurance, remove the stigma that the term “psychiatric disorder” so clearly still elicits, and, most importantly, support the drive to make research and science-based treatment a national priority.
We hope you join us on February 26th and add your voice.
Harold S. Koplewicz, M.D.
Director, NYU Child Study Center; Arnold and Debbie Simon Professor and Chair, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Sr. Vice President and Vice Dean for External Affairs, NYU Medical Center; Professor of Pediatrics, NYU School of Medicine; Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Bellevue Hospital Center.