August 4, 2023 by Taylor Walsh Speak Our Minds works closely with the nation’s Children’s Hospitals to develop more and more comprehensive ways to give children and young people the means to mitigate and avoid the stresses and anxieties that compromised their wellbeing and which have caused such dire consequences for too many. Its important documentary film, “The Wait to Nowhere” is a compelling contemporary portrait of the challenge that children, their parents, schools, and physicians face every day. The no-holds-barred trailer for the video is here. (Thanks to SOM for contributing an excerpt during our symposium, First Line of Defense: in June 2023.) Speak Our Minds represents a major response by the nation’s pediatric health community to the 2021 declaration of a national emergency for child and adolescent health, and is calling on governors across the United States to pledge their commitment to end the youth mental health crisis. The National Governor’s Association recently issued a Youth Mental Health Playbook, led by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, current chair of the NGA.