Mental health problems in USA children are common, according to a new survey, with about one in six children of school age affected.
"Kids and teens will have access to hospital beds if they need treatment for their mental health, they will also have access to school-based programming right here on site, and the care will include specialized therapeutic programs that are proven to be beneficial to stronger emotional and mental health."
Researchers looking at data from a survey of almost 50 million kids, ages six through 18, filled out by their parents, found that 7.7 million children had at least one mental health condition. On the state level, children with at least one mental health issue ranged from 7.6% in Hawaii to more than 27% in Maine.
Mark Peterson, affiliate professor at the University of Michigan Medicine and senior writer of the research, has a protracted historical past of learning health circumstances that begin in childhood and end in disabilities afterward in life. Children without current health insurance and those under age 6 were excluded from the analysis.
But child and adolescent psychiatrists and psychologists weren't at all surprised by the results. "Our government has been clear about our commitment to mental health and we are proud to partner with the Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation on this project".
Jennifer Mautone, psychologist in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia said that there are problems of social stigma that prevents families from seeking help, advice and support. "Mental health treatment is not usually a once-every-couple-months type of environment", said Robles-Ramamurthy.
According to data from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the majority of the country faces a severe shortage of practicing child and adolescent psychiatrists, with less than 17 providers available per 100,000 children.
Families are facing longer wait times, which can lead to worsening of the mental health condition in the child and a need for more treatment sessions than if the condition had been addressed in its early stages, Mautone explained.
According to authors and experts in the field, another challenge is communicating with the education system, juvenile justice system, child welfare system and health care system that look after the interest of children and teenagers.