Senate Bill 2 must become law

By passing Senate Bill 2 on Friday, April 22, 2022, the Connecticut State Senate took an important step to help the youngest in the state. The bill aims to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on depression, anxiety and developmental delays in children.

Here’s why the bill’s passage is important: Mental Health America reports that childhood depression is more likely to persist into adulthood if left untreated, and across the country, 1 in 3 young people do not receive still not getting the mental health services he needs. The need for mental health services, even among Connecticut’s youngest residents, is essential to everyone’s well-being. But the job is only half done. The Connecticut State House of Representatives must consider the bill before the session adjourns on May 4.

In America, the treatment of mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety suffers from stigma, which makes those who need help reluctant to get it. This is doubly true for children, who are more likely to be labeled as moody than depressed. The House’s passage of SB2 will help eliminate mental health stigma, help children thrive, and improve the lives of all.

The Reverend Dr. Robert D. Flanagan

Author, educator and priest


Norman D. Briggs