Mental health issues have become a widespread problem as evidenced by the rising numbers of stories of suicides and other tragic events that appear daily in our news feeds. However, far too many illnesses are being incorrectly attributed to various conditions when, in fact, they were caused by untreated childhood trauma. According to the National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH), almost half of the nation’s children have experienced at least one or more types of serious childhood trauma. Even more alarming, nearly one in three U.S. youth between the ages of 12-17 years old has experienced two or more types of childhood adversity that are likely to affect their physical and mental health as adults.
The numbers of suicides, misdiagnosed mental illnesses, and other tragic events will continue to rise until innovative solutions are found to help traumatized children heal and recover. The problem is everywhere, but the State of Texas is especially troubling as it’s ranked 49th in mental health funding in the U.S.
We established the Chester Street Foundation to provide a voice for traumatized children and educate our community, particularly those on the front lines of the issue. No child should have to live a life imprisoned by panic, rage, and helplessness. Please join us today in shining a light on childhood trauma so that children receive the treatment they deserve.
You’ll find detailed information on this website about our organization and how you can get involved by attending one of our events or making a gift to support our mission. Thank you for your interest in the Chester Street Foundation.
Our mission is to shine a light on the invisible wounds of childhood trauma so that children receive the treatment they deserve.