Is there a mental health pandemic among children in America?

Is there a mental health pandemic among children in America?

Anxiety and depression among children across the country increased significantly during the pandemic.

So much so that The US Office of the Surgeon General is calling it a "mental health pandemic".

The CDC found that 1 in 5 children had a mental disorder, but only 20% of these children received care and assistance.

The number of children reported to have anxiety and depression increased by 26% in 2020 compared to 2016 - 1.5 million more!

Children with lower socioeconomic backgrounds had little to no access to counselors and psychologists in their districts.

The American Rescue Plan Act 2021 included $170 billion for school funding to hire mental health workers, including psychologists.

However, temporary funding to hire permanent staff wasn't financially sustainable for lower-income districts.

Schools hired mental health providers on a short-term basis while also training teachers in psychological principles.