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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: 

Mental Health Crisis: Children At Breaking Point During COVID  

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.  

While Waiting For Mental Health Care, Children Suffer  

Side Effects Public Media’s Carter Barrett speaks with a mother who watched her son’s illness worsen while they fought to get help.  

Overburdened Children’s Mental Health Professionals Feel COVID’s Strain  

Months long waitlists, out-of-pocket costs, and a burgeoning mental health crisis is pushing care out of reach for some families.  

A Child Mental Health Fix Takes Early Action, More Help. Here Are 7 Ideas.  

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