From Kelli Maiden and her daughter, Jenna
The Kindervelt Psychiatric Emergency Assessment Center (KV PEACe) has already helped many families, and just knowing that it’s there is comforting to families who have been through psychiatric emergencies before.
Kelli Maiden is no stranger to the emergency department at Cincinnati Children’s. Her daughter, Jenna, has struggled with her mental health since she was just 5 years old.
“Growing up, Jenna was very angry and defiant,” her mom, Kelli, remembers. “As she got older she started experiencing a lot of anxiety. She cried often, refused to go out in public and started talking about wanting to end her life.”
At just 14, Jenna has been hospitalized at Cincinnati Children’s multiple times for psychiatric emergencies. Each time, Kelli has relied on our experts to provide the life-saving care Jenna needed.
“I’m so glad that Cincinnati Children’s now has this dedicated space for families dealing with a mental health emergency. It’s a relief to know it will be here if we need it,” says Kelli.
The KV PEACe will allow kids like Jenna to get the care they need in an environment designed to help reduce stress and anxiety, which can be extremely important during a mental health crisis.
Mental illness can be a chronic condition that is sometimes difficult to manage. Jenna still has her ups and downs, and she continues to work with a therapist and participate in recreational therapy programs that help her understand her condition and work towards a healthier future.
Jenna stays connected to Cincinnati Children’s in other ways too–both she and Kelli are members of the family advisory council. Together, they’re working with other grateful families and members of the medical center to increase awareness and reduce the stigma of mental illness.
“The staff and doctors have been great,” Kelli shares. “I don’t know how we would have made it through without the huge support system at Cincinnati Children’s.”
The Kindervelt PEACe project has helped make that support system stronger than ever. Your partnership helps us continue to improve and save the lives of kids like Jenna. Together, we’ll continue transforming pediatric mental healthcare and helping kids have brighter, more fulfilling futures.