Ohio State head coach Ryan Day and his wife Christina are joining the fight to bring awareness to pediatric and adolescent mental health.
Wednesday, Day and his wife announced that they will be teaming up with Nationwide Children’s Hospital to create The Ryan and Christina Day Fund for Pediatric and Adolescent Mental Wellness at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The fund will raise awareness and provide educational opportunities for mental health.
Day believes it’s important to speak up about the significance of mental health and help increase awareness. Below is a statement from the Nationwide Children’s Hospital website:
Ryan and Christina Day are making a bold commitment to extend their social mission to one of the most significant issues facing children and young adults today – mental health.
We’re in a Mental Health Crisis. One in five children has a significantly impairing mental disorder; less than half get the treatment they need. Half of mental health conditions begin by age 14, and 75% of mental illness presents by age 24.
The Day Family is getting behind this cause – with Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the national On Our Sleeves movement to support children and young adults living with mental illness.
It’s time to have an important local and national conversation about our children’s mental health – an often overlooked and vastly underfunded component of pediatric health. And it’s time to raise our voices for this important cause.
The fund is now open for donations. The Days have contributed $100,000 for the cause already.