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Governor DeWine announces Pediatric Mental Health Summit in September

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Governor Mike DeWine announced on Thursday that he would host an event called Building Resiliency: A Pediatric Mental Health Summit.

The mental health summit is scheduled for September 26 in Dayton.

According to the release, the summit will help communities support the mental health needs of their children.

"From this spring's tornadoes to the tragic shooting in the Oregon District, children in the Miami Valley are returning to the classroom this fall dealing with more trauma than they've likely ever experienced. The tragedies are compounded by struggles they, and children across Ohio, are already dealing with in their everyday lives," said Governor DeWine. "We know that children who face this type of turmoil have increased risk of depression and other mental illness, poor health, and decreased life expectancy. Fortunately, there are proven ways to help. Parents, teachers, and coaches can play a critical supportive role in helping build resiliency in children and reducing the negative impact of trauma. This summit will give members of the community tools to provide brighter outcomes for our children."

The event is open to adults across the state that touch the lives of children. Coaches, parents, school personnel, counselors, and health care professionals are invited to intend.

The Ohio Children's Hospital Association has partnered with Governor DeWine for the summit.

"Bringing together the best minds in pediatric mental health and the critical partners who work on the front lines with children across the state is an important first step in creating real solutions that will not only build resiliency in children today but also give them the tools and resources they need well into the future," said Deborah Feldman, President & CEO of Dayton Children's Hospital and Chair of the Ohio Children's Hospital Association Board of Directors. "We are looking forward to working with Governor DeWine and stakeholders across Ohio on this initiative."

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