Hope Means Nevada (HMN), the community-based non-profit focused on eliminating youth suicide in the state, announces its partnership with the Children’s Advocacy Alliance (CAA). This partnership will enable HMN to access and monitor data CAA collects in its annual Children’s Report Card, which provides insights into factors impacting youth mental health.
Since 2000, CAA’s Children’s Report Card, which gathers and analyzes data to better understand how the state is taking care of children. Currently, Nevada fails to make the grade when it comes to the safety, education, health and economic well-being of children. Nevada’s current grade in Safety, which covers is child maltreatment, youth homelessness, juvenile violence, child deaths and injuries and substance abuse, currently ranks as a C+. Meanwhile Nevada’s grade in School Readiness is an F, in Children’s Health is a D and in Economic Well-Being is a D+.
“In addition to continuing to chart health, safety, economic and education data, the Children’s Advocacy Alliance plans to begin collecting data on the mental health of Nevada’s youth,” says Tara C. Raines, Ph.D., N.C.S.P., director of Kids Count Initiative, Children’s Advocacy Alliance. “Ultimately, we would like to create a resource guide for each county, and we are currently seeking additional funding to support these efforts.”
Adds Julie Murray, co-chair, Hope Means Nevada: “The Children’s Advocacy Alliance’s work provides tremendous value to our state in terms of building consensus around priorities related to improving our children’s lives. As we seek to identify and eradicate factors adversely affecting youth mental wellness, their Children’s Report Card data will provide an important resource.”
ABOUT HOPE MEANS NEVADA
Hope Means Nevada is a community-based initiative of non-profit Nevada Medical Center focused on reversing the youth suicide trend in Nevada by inspiring a culture of empathy and advocacy around mental health. Created to raise overall awareness around Nevada’s high rates of mental health challenges and teen suicide in Nevada, Hope Means Nevada acknowledges teens may be encountering increased levels of stress, anxiety and depression due to the impact of COVID-19. For more information about Hope Means Nevada, go to www.hopemeansnevada.org, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline number is (800) 273-8255 or Text “Home” to 741741.
ABOUT CHILDREN’S ADVOCACY ALLIANCE
The Children’s Advocacy Alliance (CAA) is a community-based nonprofit organization that mobilizes people, resources and reason to ensure every child has a chance to thrive and to make Nevada a better place to live and raise a family. For more information or to get involved, go to http://caanv.org or visit on Facebook or Twitter.