This week marks the Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day (May 6), so we wanted to take this opportunity to raise awareness around mental health issues among the younger generation. These issues are especially pertinent in light of the recent survey by Pew Research Center that found that anxiety and depression are at the top of the list of problems among kids ages 13-17.
Another new study found that the number of children (ages 5-18) who visited emergency rooms after suicide attempts or suicidal thoughts doubled between 2007 and 2015 (from 580,000 to 1.12 million). Even more shocking, 43% of those visits were in children between just 5 and 11 years old.
A recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics found that half of kids in the U.S. with mental health conditions like depression and anxiety do not receive treatment. Although unfortunate, this fact is hardly surprising given that fewer than 17 practicing child and adolescent psychiatrists are available per 100,000 children, according to data from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
We believe that everyone should be able to access mental health care services regardless of their age, location or income. This is why we made sure that LARKR can be used to help children as young as 13 years old, a capability none of the other teletherapy platforms possess.