Kids in crisis – The bold move to help treat children with mental illness

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There has been an unprecedented growth in behavioral health disorders in children, which have the potential for long-term, negative impact on their health and our larger society.  To address this mental health crisis, one community is responding to address the needs of its youth on an unprecedented scale.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital has broken ground on a new facility that, upon its completion, will help thousands of children with behavioral and psychiatric disorders. Construction of this nine-story facility, dedicated solely to comprehensive mental health care for children and adolescents, is the largest facility of its kind located on a pediatric hospital campus.

The new $158 million Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion, shown in this video, will feel open and welcoming with unprecedented access to nature and natural light while maintaining essential security standards. Innovative design features include:

  • Largest free-standing facility, fully dedicated to psychiatric care on the campus of a children’s hospital. This reduces stigma – sending a message that behavioral health is an illness just like cancer or asthma.
  • Safe outdoor spaces including a rooftop play area with stainless steel cable netting essential for safety and shade, but really where physically healthy children can still be kids that play and run.
  • Extended porches for inpatients to access outdoor space without leaving the secure inpatient units.
  • Separate inpatient units for children who need psychiatric care and for children with developmental disabilities, a crisis stabilization unit and clinic space for intensive outpatient treatment.

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The conference center at the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion fosters collaboration for researchers and community partners and provides opportunities for expanded education and training for those in the mental and behavioral health field. (Courtesy: Nationwide Children’s Hospital and NBBJ)

The Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion will bring the outdoors inside with peaceful courtyards. The open spaces will be a key part of therapy and treatment, with a focus on natural light to help with the healing process. (Courtesy: Nationwide Children’s Hospital and NBBJ)

Families can share a meal in the dining area of the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion. To enhance the family-centered care approach to treatment, the facility also offers gathering, worship and meditation spaces. (Courtesy: Nationwide Children’s Hospital and NBBJ)

The new $158 million Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion will feel open and welcoming with unprecedented access to natural light while maintaining essential security standards. (Courtesy: Nationwide Children’s Hospital and NBBJ)

Families will be at the center of care at the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion, offering places to relax together in bright, comfortable family centers. (Courtesy: Nationwide Children’s Hospital and NBBJ)

Nationwide Children’s Hospital recently celebrated the groundbreaking of the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion. When complete, it will be America’s largest behavioral health treatment and research center dedicated to children and adolescents on a pediatric medical campus. (Courtesy: Nationwide Children’s Hospital and NBBJ)

Inpatient bedrooms provide a comforting and safe environment, with extended porches that allow patients to access outdoor space without leaving the secure units. (Courtesy: Nationwide Children’s Hospital and NBBJ)

Families at the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion will be greeted by a warm, welcoming environment with open space and natural light. (Courtesy: Nationwide Children’s Hospital and NBBJ)

A rooftop play area allows patients at the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion to run and be kids, while providing safety and security with stainless steel cable netting overhead. (Courtesy: Nationwide Children’s Hospital and NBBJ)

The first floor of the Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion will offer a first-of-its-kind psychiatric crisis center dedicated to treating behavioral health at a children’s hospital. (Courtesy: Nationwide Children’s Hospital and NBBJ)

The Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion at Nationwide Children's Hospital will be a freestanding facility fully dedicated to children and adolescents with behavioral health conditions. (Courtesy: Nationwide Children’s Hospital and NBBJ)