ER visits, long waits climb for kids in mental health crisis
By LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer
The pandemic has led to rising emergency room visits and long waits for U.S. children and teens facing mental health crises.
These include kids who are suicidal, or facing severe depression and anxiety. With schools closed, routines disrupted and parents anxious over lost income or uncertain futures, kids are shouldering new burdens many are unequipped to bear.
ER visits for many health reasons other than COVID-19 have declined during the pandemic.
But a recent government study shows the share that were for kids' mental health-related visits climbed steadily from mid-April through October.