Press Release: Gov. Evers Delivers Radio Address on Plan to Support Kids' Mental Health

Office of Governor Tony Evers
Gov. Evers Delivers Radio Address on Plan to Support Kids' Mental Health
Audio File of Radio Address.

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today delivered the Democratic Radio Address highlighting initiatives in his 2023-25 biennial budget proposal to do the right thing for kids and support their mental health with a more than $270 million investment to continue the “Get Kids Ahead” initiative, providing additional mental health supports to kids in school. More information regarding Gov. Evers’ budget initiatives to support kids’ mental health is available here.

Hey there, Governor Tony Evers here.

We cannot overstate the profound impact that the past two years have had on our kids, and that includes their mental health.

This year’s CDC Youth Risk Behavior Survey report showed that, in 2021, more than 40 percent of our high school students felt so sad or hopeless nearly every day for at least two weeks in a row that they stopped doing their usual activities.

No one who has the privilege of working in the State Capitol can read these statistics and say that we’re already doing enough to support our kids.

Our kids can only achieve their full and best potential when they can bring their full and best selves to the classroom.

That’s why I declared 2023 the Year of Mental Health, and my budget includes $270 million to make our “Get Kids Ahead” initiative a permanent state program to ensure our kids have the school-based mental health resources they need to be successful both in and out of the classroom.

We’re also making critical investments to increase the number of mental health professionals across our state, develop robust prevention strategies to reduce suicide and self-harm, and continue supporting our three youth crisis stabilization facilities.

The state of mental health in Wisconsin is a quiet, burgeoning crisis, and we cannot look back and wonder whether we should’ve done more and sooner.

As a governor who’s also a grandfather, I am urging the Legislature to join me in doing what’s best for our kids and address this crisis with the urgency it deserves.

Thank you.
An online version of this release is available here.