Bridges across Massachusetts will be bathed in green light Monday night in observance of Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week.
The Zakim and Longfellow bridges in Boston, the Fore River Bridge between Quincy and Weymouth, and the Burns Bridge connecting Worcester and Shrewsbury will all be illuminated to bring awareness to the week of focus on children’s mental health struggles.
Families across the country are combatting rising levels of anxiety, depression, PTSD and other internal challenges with their children.
“These struggles have become particularly dire in children, prompting leading experts in pediatric healthcare to declare the children’s mental health crisis a national emergency,” organizers of the illuminated bridge effort at the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds said in a statement.
In a statement declaring May as National Mental Health Awareness Month, President Joe Biden said that even before the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of Americans faced issues with stress, trauma, anxiety, and heightened levels of depression.
“The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated those conditions,” he said, “creating an unprecedented mental health crisis across our country.”
The illuminated bridges are part of a joint effort between the Clay Center and the state’s Department of Transportation.
The Mass. General will additionally be lighting its Bulfinch Building in green on Saturday.
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