ORLANDO – Mental health conditions are increasing worldwide, affecting adults and children alike. This has become more apparent with youth in recent years, especially since the heart of the pandemic, when children were unable to attend school, participate in extracurricular activities, and socialize with friends.
These issues require the Central Florida community’s immediate attention and partnership. Children, especially, struggle when there is no system of support for their ongoing mental health needs. To address this reality and help young people reach their full potential, AdventHealth is providing wholistic care for them and their families, both mental and physical.
Seeing this all play out in real time, AdventHealth for Children decided to create the Center for Advancement and Support of Youth (CASY) program, which helps kids and young adults manage their mental health under the hospital’s supervision and patient-centered approach.
“At AdventHealth for Children, we believe in taking care of all children in the community in all aspects of their life,” AdventHealth for Children and AdventHealth for Women Senior Executive Officer Dr. Rajan Wadhawan said. “We have been doing a great job of taking care of the physical needs of children for a long time, and over the last several years, we have started to focus on the mental health of children, which is equally important.
Children are the future of our society. We all know that, and we need them to be happy and healthy. And health is certainly more than just physical health. Over the last several years, the pandemic has brought to light almost an epidemic of mental health issues amongst all community members and also children. We need to make sure we are addressing the needs of children when it comes to mental health so they can grow to be well-adjusted and productive members of society.”
Now, thanks to a $150,000 donation from the DeVos Family Foundation as part of its 30 Grants for 30 Years Initiative, AdventHealth’s outreach will extend further into the community to transform the lives of even more children dealing with mental health challenges, providing resources to help ensure a brighter future ahead.
“The DeVos family has been embedded in the fabric of Orlando through their Orlando Magic ownership, and when you talk about who engages with sports teams, it’s all children and families,” Wadhawan said. “This just goes a long way in continuing to focus on what is important, and that is to advance the health care of the children and appropriately equip the families to make sure the children grow up to be healthy and happy.”
To help fill this gap between the need for mental health resources for children and the services available, AdventHealth Foundation Central Florida directly supports programs and a continuum of care at AdventHealth through a multitude of gifts from local, passionate and empathetic community members invested in creating a whole-person health care experience that includes treating the body, mind, and spirit.
As part of the DeVos family's 30 Grants for 30 Years Initiative, a total of $3 million will be donated to 30 area nonprofit organizations over 18 months, investing in people and projects impacting youth, essential needs for families, and community enrichment across Central Florida.
“There are tremendous things happening in the Orlando community every day,” said Orlando Magic Chairman Dan DeVos. “We wanted to mark this 30-year milestone by coming alongside nonprofits in the community to assist them in their important work.”
AdventHealth is one of the largest faith-based health care systems in the United States. With a focus on whole-person care, we are so much more than a hospital. AdventHealth cares for and nurtures people, and that’s what we’ve been doing since the first Seventh-day Adventist health facility opened in 1866. From the beginning, we’ve combined an innovative perspective on whole-person health with the latest medical treatments for curing illness.
ABOUT ADVENTHEALTH FOUNDATION CENTRAL FLORIDA
AdventHealth Foundation Central Florida is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit that directly supports AdventHealth care facilities in Altamonte Springs, Apopka, Celebration, East Orlando, Kissimmee, Orlando, Winter Garden Winter Park, Lake Wales and Heart of Florida along with specialty services provided at AdventHealth for Children and AdventHealth for Women. In addition, AdventHealth Foundation Central Florida fundraises for AdventHealth University as well as for international missions in Central and South America, Southeast Asia and Africa.