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  • February 24, 2021

Focusing on Children's Mental Health

While mental health disorders can and do occur at any age, children and adolescents are uniquely vulnerable. Mental health disorders diagnosed during adolescence often arose years earlier during childhood. Stigma, lack of awareness and inadequate access to resources can delay care by weeks, months or even years.

Children's hospitals continue to see an increase in the number of patients that, in addition to the injury or illness that brought them in, also need mental health services. Download this pdf to learn more about children's mental health and how children's hospitals are addressing these challenges.

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