Nearly one in five adolescents has a diagnosable mental health disorder, and nearly one-third of them show signs of depression.
That’s according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, using data compiled before the pandemic.
But fewer than 300 psychiatrists are available to serve Ohio’s 2.6 million kids, and behavioral health services struggle to manage the load, especially in rural areas.
Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher: COVID-19 magnifies the challenges of treating adolescents with mental health issues.
- Dr. Patricia Gentile, primary psychiatrist, Buckeye Ranch
- Dr. Parker Huston, pediatric psychologist, Big Lots Behavioral Health Services, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
- Jody Demo-Hodgins, National Alliance on Mental Illness
- Janet, parent of adult son with mental illness, NAMI Athens
If you or someone you know needs immediate help, call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention LifeLine at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).