In communities throughout Chicago and nationwide, Lurie Children's is dedicated to building resiliency and promoting access to high-quality mental health services for children and adolescents.
On average, only 1/4 of children in need of mental health support get the help they need, and of those receiving treatment, approximately 70-80% receive treatment in a school or a community-based setting. For many kids, schools will be the first and sometimes only setting where they receive behavioral health supports.
Lurie Children's takes a public health approach to mental health care. Since 2004, the Center for Childhood Resilience (CCR) at Lurie Children's has worked to build the resiliency of children and youth with a focus on under-served and under-represented populations throughout Chicago and Illinois. Through innovative, sustainable and evidence-based strategies, CCR engages youth-serving organizations to address the impact of trauma and promote mental wellness.
CCR collaborates with educators, community agencies, civic and government leaders, parent organizations, faith-based organizations, and philanthropic groups who work with and advocate for children including the Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition and Illinois Children's Mental Health Partnership. Through their You Are Not Alone (YNA) project, CCR has collaborates with organizations who have expertise working with marginalized youth and families to broaden the number of trained mental health providers and equip non-mental health professionals with resources. Within Lurie Children's, CCR partners with Strengthening Chicago's Youth (SCY) and the Injury Prevention and Research Center (IPRC) to advance trauma-informed best practices.
The Center for Childhood Resilience