A recent donation to Loyola University's Clinical Center will bring much needed help to families experiencing trauma in Baltimore.
DENISE KOCH: A recent donation to Loyola University's Clinical Center will bring much needed help to children and families experiencing trauma in Baltimore.
MAX MCGEE: WJZ is live once again. Stetson Miller tells us more about what the program does. Hi, Stetson.
STETSON MILLER: Hey Max and Denise. Yeah, professors at Loyola say there is a staggering number of children experiencing trauma in Baltimore City, and that's why they say it's so important for them to have affordable and accessible access to programs just like this.
The violence that children in Baltimore experience and see can have long-lasting and profound impacts on them.
KATHERINE HADLEY CORNELL: It's been found that adverse childhood events can lead to more serious psychological issues.
STETSON MILLER: According to Loyola's Dr. Katherine Cornell, 56% of children in Baltimore City have experienced some form of trauma. Fortunately, there is help nearby at the University's Clinical Centers to help families dealing with it.
EMILY FOX: This program really specifically is dedicated to seeing children of all ages and their families who have experienced trauma or grief.
STETSON MILLER: The program provides child grief groups, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, and workshops on raising healthy kids and violence prevention. And now thanks to the generous help of a local pharmacy executive, it won't have to cost families anything to get help.
KATHERINE HADLEY CORNELL: We recently got a large donation which will allow us to waive our fees for all of our services related to childhood trauma and mental illness, which is really exciting.
STETSON MILLER: And the timing couldn't be better with high rates of violence continuing in the city during a time when many people need mental health support.
MICHELLE MENCIA: Since the pandemic is a time where people, more than ever, probably need mental health services.
STETSON MILLER: The clinic, its professors, and graduate students remain committed to this trauma care so communities like Baltimore can start to heal.
EMILY FOX: Because we know that the experiences are going to be hard and tough and that we're going to have to carry some of the weight of the emotions and the thoughts that come behind those trauma experiences.
STETSON MILLER: And if you want to find out more about trauma care at Loyola Clinical Centers, head to our website, wjz.com and click on Quick Links. I'm Stetson Miller reporting live for WJZ.