Removing Obstacles: Accessing Mental Health Care

In the United States, we have a shortage of mental health professionals trained to work with young people. Even worse, it is at a time when depression and anxiety are on the rise.

Early intervention in children is crucial to avoid more severe problems later, yet parents struggle to find care for their children. A survey recently revealed that only half of parents who tried to get help for their children’s mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic were able to do so. Many respondents reported that their largest obstacle in accessing mental health care for their children was the lack of access and resources. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, says almost 1 in 5 children has a mental or emotional issue like ADHD, depression, anxiety, or disruptive behavior. However, only 20% of these kids get specialized mental health care.

Not only is it difficult to get appointments with psychiatrists and therapists, but the ones who are available often don’t accept insurance. Some parents have searched for years to find help, spending countless time and dollars, all to come up short. With access to mental health resources dwindling, parents are feeling overwhelmed and unsure where to seek help for their children.

Children and teens have faced significant challenges during the pandemic and continue to feel its effects. If we don’t address their mental health now, it could lead to long term problems.

At Pirate Pediatrics, we’re dedicated to addressing the mental health crisis with care and expertise. Our team is specially trained in Pediatric Mental Health, ensuring prompt access to expert care without long waits. Appointments are easy and stigma-free, with early screening for potential issues. Our personalized treatment plans cover a range of conditions including ADHD, anxiety, depression, OCD, and more, with medication options available as needed.

Imagine a world where kids and families receive the support they deserve when they need it.

Don’t struggle alone; reach out to us for help today.

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