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Hospital Visits for Children With Mental Health Issues Rise Dramatically

Even though pediatric emergency department visits in the U.S. have remained level over the past 10 years, visits for mental health disorders have risen 60% while children’s visits for deliberate self-harm increased 329%. The 10-year study period involving children 5 to 17 years old showed rural settings are ill-equipped for pediatric emergencies, and only one-third of those facilities have children’s mental health policies or mental health transfer agreements in place, leading...

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