Why kids in America still struggle for access to mental health care

Why kids in America still struggle for access to mental health care

Access to mental health care is important when children have difficulty with emotions or behavior.

Nearly 1 in 5 children have a mental, emotional or behavioral difficulty.

Only about 20% of children with mental, emotional or behavioral issues receive care from mental health care providers.

One of the biggest downsides is the lack of mental health care providers for kids and teens specifically.

Reports say there are roughly five child or adolescent psychologists for every 100,000 people across the country.

Due to this, child psychologists are swamped and most kids are on the waitlist.

While clinical social workers and school counselors also treat children, they are also in short supply.

Due to the stigma around it, there is also a lack of insurance providers for mental health issues in the country.

On the contrary, most psychiatrists don't take insurance and it becomes difficult for families to pay for their services.