Children’s Health and Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute Collaborate on New Initiative to Address Pediatric Mental Health Care Crisis
DALLAS (April 7, 2022) — One in three children in Texas experience a mental health disorder in a given year – a number that continues to rise as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Early in the pandemic, the proportion of mental health-related emergency room visits increased 24 percent among children ages 5 to 11 and 31 percent among adolescents ages 12 to 17. The rate of pediatric emergency room visits for suicide is now double pre-pandemic levels.
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