Children’s Mental Wellness

Join the Hampton Roads Community Foundation and its partner Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters for a special Understanding Hampton Roads breakfast forum focused on area children’s mental wellness.

Gregory K. Fritz, M.D., past president of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, will explore challenges and opportunities for all youth to have good mental health. He recently retired as director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Brown University and Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, R.I.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
7:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Norfolk Waterside Marriott
235 E. Main St., Norfolk, VA 23510

Admission is free, but seating is limited.
Registration before May 8 is required.

Register Here

Why is children’s mental health important?

The National Alliance on Mental Illness reports:

  • 1 in 5 teenagers have or will have a serious mental illness.
  • Half of all cases of mental illness begin by age 14.
  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death in youth ages 10 to 24.
  • 37% of students with a mental health condition who are 14 or older drop out of school.
  • 70% of youth in juvenile justice systems have a mental illness.

About Understanding Hampton Roads


Understanding Hampton Roads is the Hampton Roads Community Foundation’s effort to advance civic engagement in Southeastern Virginia. It includes forums on key topics to help build understanding and inspire action that brings people together to help improve life in our region.

Event Host

The Hampton Roads Community Foundation is southeastern Virginia’s largest grant and scholarship provider. It has awarded more than $282 million since 1950 to make life better in Hampton Roads. The community foundation’s vision is a thriving community with opportunity for all.

Event Partner


Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters dates to the 1800s and is Virginia’s only free-standing hospital devoted exclusively to children. In response to growing demand for pediatric mental health services, the hospital recently expanded its mission to encompass mental health and received approval to build a mental-health hospital in Norfolk.