Public health professionals say respite facilities can potentially play a big role in addressing a national mental health crisis that accelerated dramatically during the covid-19 pandemic, especially when it comes to suicide prevention.
U.S. employees are increasingly struggling with mental health challenges tied to their jobs, such as depression, anxiety and burnout.
U.S. senators agreed during a hearing Thursday the country’s children are going through a youth mental health crisis, though some of the committee’s members disagreed about what role Congress has to play.
Katherine, a Polk County resident whose name has been changed to protect the privacy of her children, and her 18-year-old son have seen several therapists at different times, navigated school supports and crossed state lines for an inpatient program in order to address his anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts.
When Chrissy Barnard faced a mental health crisis and most needed care, law enforcement handcuffed her, placed her in the back of a patrol car and drove her five hours to Wisconsin’s only state-run mental health facility for the general public.
In the past month, as the Yabuki Mental Health Clinic at Children’s Wisconsin witnessed an influx of patients, the manager of the clinic has pointed out that there has been an increase in school anxiety, school avoidance, anxiety in general.
Mental illness in children is on the rise as experts say that isolation, disconnection from school and friends, household financial stresses, illness in the family, and the death of loved ones have made children’s mental health concerns worse, especially during the pandemic.