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  • The Truth About Mental Illness and Kids

    The Bradley Hasbro Children’s Research Center, a collaborative group of leading researchers from Bradley Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital, is a leader in child mental health research.

    57% of all adults believe that people are caring and sympathetic to persons with mental illness.

    Only 25% of adults with mental health symptoms believe that people are caring and sympathetic to persons with mental illness.

    Source: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), 2007

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    One in every five children suffers from a serious mental health condition, and can often live a productive life at home, school, and in society with proper evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment. Yet, each year, only 20 percent of children with psychiatric illness are diagnosed and receive mental health services.

    Mental illness is like any other disease. Early identification and treatment means better outcomes.

    Free the Future

    Much can and should be done to improve the future for these children, including enhanced efforts to reduce the stigma of mental illness; increased access and availability of services; better parent and teacher education; restoration of public services; parity with medical care and coverage; and early identification and intervention measures.

    Bradley Hospital is committed to
    working to improve the future of children's mental health.


    Every child should be free to pursue their goals and dreams, but for the millions of kids suffering from mental illness, the future is uncertain. As the leader in researching, diagnosing and treating mental illness in children and adolescents, Bradley Hospital is paving the way to a better life and a better future for children and their families. Thousands of families in New England have learned the difference Bradley Hospital can make in a child's life. Below are stories from a few of those families. Read more stories in the Free the Future newsletter.

    Zach Nicole
    Read Zach and
    Nicole's story


    Read Quin's story


    Read Craig's story


    Read Hunter's story


    Read Joanna's story