The CDC reported that in the 2021 National Health Interview Survey, 15% of children ages 5 to 17 reported receiving mental health treatment.
Mental health treatments administered in this study included the use of prescription drugs, therapy, or a combination of both.
The report came out around the same time that the San Luis Obispo County Grand Jury decided to examine how well high schools were doing in addressing mental health.
The study concluded that schools in the county are taking adequate steps to support mental health treatment for their students, but without the necessary tools for the mental health crisis, students will likely be infected with COVID-19. They also assessed that they were more likely to experience depression and anxiety after the illness.
“We have a team that is trained to assess young people with severe emotional disorders and severe mental illness,” said SLO County Behavioral Health Division Manager Frank Warren. “Usually the first part of treatment is knowing exactly what you need and what the right course of treatment is.”
15% may seem like a high percentage, but therapists attribute this to open conversations between parents and children. There is an open discussion about mental health conditions.
“There are many reasons why young people are seeking help now,” Warren continued. “One is that we are talking about it more openly. That’s what we’re going through right now: The pandemic has certainly had an impact on socialization and isolation, and we’ve seen a lot of young people asking for help that we haven’t seen in previous years.”
Balance Kids program director Caroline Robinson said young people today are losing their innocence faster than usual at the hands of social media.
“I think it’s a positive statement that mental health has to do with the brain…but we talk a lot about the balance between neurochemicals and the brain, but what’s encouraging about it is that the brain is the most adaptable. It’s one of the most sexual organs,” Robinson said. . “It’s always changing according to the input, so there’s absolutely a reason why children can recover.”
https://www.ksby.com/news/local-news/san-luis-obispo-county-schools-address-mental-health-concerns-amongst-adolescents SLO County Schools Address Youth Mental Health Concerns