According to the US Surgeon General:
The U.S. Surgeon General issued an advisory on youth mental health in 2021, the full report is available here.
Additionally, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy was interviewed by Katie Couric about the report and its recommendations. The interview is available here.
In any given year, only 20% of children with mental illness are identified and receive mental health services. Some reasons can include:
Kids who do not receive the care they need are:
Mental illness can affect anybody regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, age, or socio-economic background. ◦Mental illness is not caused by poor decisions.
Snohomish County has a Children’s Mental Health Liaison to assist the community’s families, school and social service providers in accessing mental health services and navigating resources for children and adolescents. Email Liza Patchen-Short call her at 425-388-7254. If you need immediate help, click on the button below for resources: