Kids, teens and mental health: Parents report challenges in screening, getting care by Beata Mostafavi
More than 1 in 4 parents say their adolescent has seen a mental health specialist.
Amid growing concerns for children’s mental health during the pandemic era, more than a quarter of parents say their adolescent-aged child has seen a mental health specialist – with nearly 60% of those reporting a visit within the past year – a new national poll suggests.
But screening and navigating the mental health care system remains difficult for many parents. While almost all parents say they’re confident they would recognize a possible mental health issue in their child, much fewer say their child is regularly screened for mental health by their provider or that it’s easy to get the care they need once they recognize a problem.
The findings come from a nationally representative report conducted by the University of Michigan Health C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health in collaboration with the Children's Hospital Association. The report, which comes less than six months after children’s mental health was declared a national emergency in the United States, is based on responses from 1,201 parents of children ages 11-18 surveyed in October 2021.
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