Mental Health Crisis Coverage
The COVID pandemic has exposed deep flaws in the way America handles children’s mental health. More and more children are facing anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts. But there’s a shortage of providers and services — and no quick way to increase them. As a result, many children and families are scrambling for help.
Our team here at Side Effects Public Media worked with Bridge Michigan to tell a series of stories about those children and families. Because of the health implications of this issue, I’m forwarding the pieces in hopes that the Indiana Primary Healthcare Association might find it helpful. Here you’ll find:
Across the Midwest, there are not nearly enough psychiatrists, therapists or direct-care staff to treat a rising tide of young people spiraling into crisis. It’s a story echoed across much of the country, made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Side Effects Public Media’s Carter Barrett speaks with a mother who watched her son’s illness worsen while they fought to get help.
Months long waitlists, out-of-pocket costs, and a burgeoning mental health crisis is pushing care out of reach for some families.