Report: A Beautiful State If We Fix It
Mental health, juvenile justice and what we could change to make West Virginia a place where young people thrive.
Living in West Virginia has always had its challenges. But the combination of a vast public health crisis in the form of the opioid epidemic, a changing economy that has left many behind, new technology and social media, persistent poverty, and misplaced budget priorities make this a particularly difficult time to grow up.
This report will relate the key themes from our interviews with young people about mental health while also presenting information on related issues such as public policies, data on child well-being, the juvenile justice system, and the growing body of research regarding trauma and its effects. It will also provide recommendations on possible solutions.