Why Lock Downs Don’t Wor; Pandemic Has Worsened U.S. Child Mental Health Crisis : Shots – Health News : NPR

Lindsey is one of almost 3 million children in the U.S. who have been diagnosed with a serious emotional or behavioral health condition. When the pandemic forced schools and doctors’ offices closed last spring, it also cut children off from the trained teachers and therapists who understand their needs.

As a result, many, like Lindsey, spiraled into emergency rooms and even police custody. Federal data show a nationwide surge of kids in mental health crisis during the pandemic — a surge that’s further taxing an already overstretched safety net.

Pandemic Has Worsened U.S. Child Mental Health Crisis : Shots – Health News : NPR