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Dell Children’s to Build Mental Health Wing With Challenge Gift Donations

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Dell Children’s Hospital writes that one in five children will struggle with their mental health, and for adolescents between the ages of 12-17, the leading cause of death is suicide. Creating safe places to care for youth who deal with mental health issues is vital to a strong community, and KVUE reports that a new “gift challenge” encouraging donations will help Dell Children’s build a new facility.

Nyle and Nancy Maxwell say they intend to match donations given to Dell Children’s, up to $3 million. “It breaks my heart, but right now children in Central Texas don’t have a dedicated pediatric-focused inpatient facility where they can immediately go if they suffer a mental health crisis or, better yet, before a crisis,” Nyle Maxwell said.

The funds from the Maxwells and other donors will go toward construction of a new facility to be built later this year. They anticipate the wing opening up in 2018. This new building will have 24 beds for inpatient treatment to treat “conditions like eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.” The unit will also offer an intensive outpatient therapy program where some forms of treatment will involve a partnership with the University of Texas.