Suicide Second Leading Cause of Death in Youth and Children Advocacy Bay Area Children's Association

One in five children between 13-18 have or will have a serious mental illness in their lifetime. 


When not treated early mental health problems can complicate educational and occupational goals and hinder ones ability to be successful productive members of society. Studies show most mental health disorders originate in childhood yet remain undiagnosed until adulthood. This is perpetuated by limited access to care.

Recently mental health public policies have been shifting to account for the limits in access to care. Even with recent gains, there is a lack of education and understanding about what mental illness is and how to treat it. 

BACA is working to bridge the gap between recent scientific advances in the understanding of the brain and clinical interventions, and practically applying this knowledge to directly affect communities and policy.  We are striving to provide both clinical expertise and education to new clinicians in order to perpetuate a system addressing the actual needs of the community; in particular the children. Our investment in children's health and productivity is an investment in the future of the world.

“Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow men.” - Ghandi