MIDDLETOWN, CT (WCBS 880) – The state of children’s mental health in Connecticut is the topic at a forum tonight for the candidates for governor.

LISTEN: WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reports

The next governor of Connecticut needs to outline a plan for addressing a critical children’s mental health issue.

Dr. Eric Arzubi, a child psychiatrist who chairs a coalition examining the problem says the statistics are shocking.

For example, he says, “One in fourteen high school students attempted suicide last year… and if you think about it that’s almost one or two kids in every classroom.”

Arzubi told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau that 150,000 kids with diagnosable mental health issues aren’t receiving the care they need.

The coalition looks to the governor-elect for a plan, one which Arzubi hopes will involve a more aggressive role in public schools for early diagnosis and treatment.

The forum is Friday, October 22, 2010 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Woodrow Wilson Middle School, 370 Hunting Hill Avenue, Middletown, CT.

If you have any questions, please call Matt Salner at NAMI-CT 860-882-0236.

The two main candidates for governor are Democrat Dan Malloy and Republican Tom Foley.

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