Indiana Commission On Improving the Status of Children

One in five American children has or will have a serious mental illness - and at least half of them won’t get treatment. (WFIU/WTIU)
Brandon Smith

One in five American children has or will have a serious mental illness – and at least half of them won’t get treatment.

The Indiana Commission on Improving the Status of Children wants every school district in the state to have personnel to help integrate what’s called social emotional learning into the classroom – essentially, education that improves mental health.

Indiana has one of the highest teen suicide rates in the country. (Photo courtesy of zerosuicide.sprc.org)
Brandon Smith

The Indiana Commission on Improving the Status of Children wants to help spread a nationally-recognized suicide prevention program to as many health care providers across the state as possible.

The Indiana Commission On Improving the Status of Children is working to tackle one part of the shortage of mental health providers.

Indiana Association of Resources and Child Advocacy executive director Cathleen Graham says the shortage of professionals comes from a number of factors: Indiana has almost doubled the number of children in the welfare system and the opioid epidemic contributed to longer stays in the system while parents and guardians get sober.