Mental health is an increasingly important issue. It seems that people have become far more open about admitting to mental health issues and we as a society are far more welcoming and supportive than prior generations. Still, we tend to think of this as primarily for adults. We need to reconsider. According to an article I read at NBC News, our kids are facing significant increases in mental health challenges.
An increasing number of children are showing up in U.S. emergency rooms in the throes of a mental health crisis, researchers reported Friday. And the increases are seen in minority children, in particular.
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It’s not clear why, but the researchers say their findings are startling. They are seeing the same pattern across the country.
The fact that the pattern is consistent nationally would indicate some common underlying factors must be involved.
“Among white children, it was a similar number, about 48 percent. Then when we looked at non-Hispanic black population, the five year increase was 64 percent and among the Hispanic population, that five-year increase was 77 percent,” she added. “There were huge differences.”
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Without taking socioeconomic factors into play, it's hard to know exactly why this is the case.
“Access to mental health services among children can be difficult, and data suggest that it can be even more challenging for minority children compared with non-minority youths.”
This would certainly make sense. Poorer families going to schools with fewer services would be far less able to provide support for kids in need of help.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has also noted a rise in mental health problems, especially major depression, across the country as a whole and among teenagers in particular.
I think we can guess that teens tethered to devices might have something to do with this.
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