Gov. Mike DeWine announced that he is working with the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association to put on a summit in Dayton, Ohio, which is intended to help communities find solutions to mental trauma problems in minors.
The summit, titled “Building Resilience: A Pediatric Mental Health Summit,” will be open to any adults who interact with children, which includes parents, teachers, health care professionals and coaches. They will be taught how to spot trauma in children and how to deal with such problems.
“From this spring’s tornados 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,” DeWine said in a news release.
“The tragedies are compounded by struggles they, and children across Ohio, are already dealing with in their everyday lives,” he said. “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 will take place Sept. 26, and the governor’s office will make registration information available on the governor’s website. The office has also made an online publication titled “Growing Resilience” available online to help parents who want immediate solutions to help children with trauma.
DeWine and many other Republicans have made mental health reform a key discussion point for preventing future mass shootings. Although the motives behind the Dayton mass shooting this past weekend are not clear, DeWine proposed several mental health initiatives along with his proposals for stricter gun laws.