The 21st Show

Pandemic Worsens Child Mental Health Crisis

 

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If you or someone you know may be struggling with mental health, contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (En Español: 1-888-628-9454; Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889).

Nearly three million children in the U.S. are said to have a serious emotional or behavioral health condition. And for many of these kids and their families, the pandemic has ended treatments on which they depended. As a result, some have spiraled into emergency rooms and even police custody.

Christine Herman, Illinois Newsroom health reporter, and Cory Turner, NPR education reporter, filed this story about the crisis: 'I've Tried Everything': Pandemic Worsens Child Mental Health Crisis.

The 21st spoke with reporters and an advocate to hear more about what experts are calling a mental health epidemic.

Guests:

Christine Herman, health reporter for Illinois Newsroom/WILL 

Cory Turner, education reporter for NPR

Regina Crider, Executive Director of IL Youth and Family Peer Support Alliance

 

Prepared for web by Zainab Qureshi

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