Funding finalized for new Edmonton mental health centre for children

Alberta government announces new children and adolescent mental health centre at Edmonton's Glenrose Hospital Monday Feb. 11 2019

Further, the lack of access to proper mental health care services for children with mental health disorders was especially pronounced in the South, and ranged from 29.5 percent not treated by a mental health professional in Washington, D.C., to 72.2 percent in North Carolina.

Mental health problems in USA children are common, according to a new survey, with about one in six children of school age affected.

"For parents who are anxious about their child or their teen when they're in a time of crisis, we know that it's very hard and it can be very stressful", Health Minister Sarah Hoffman said.

Researchers assessed the prevalence of diagnoses and treatment for childhood mental health problems based on data from the 2016 National Survey of Children's Health, a nationally representative parent-proxy survey of U.S. kids under 18 years old. That of which included depression, anxiety or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and only half receiving treatment or counseling from a mental health provider in the 12 months prior to the survey.

Mark Peterson, affiliate professor at the University of Michigan Medicine and senior writer of the research, has a protracted historical past of learning health circumstances that begin in childhood and end in disabilities afterward in life. For example, the prevalence of children with at least one mental health disorder ranged from 7.6 percent in Hawaii to 27.2 percent in ME and the prevalence of children with a mental health disorder not treated or counseled by a mental health professional ranged from 29.5 percent in Washington, D.C., to 72.2 percent in North Carolina.

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The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Centre is being built on AHS-owned land just east of the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital.

The next big issue is insurance coverage, Robles-Ramamurthy said. "Mental health treatment is not usually a once-every-couple-months type of environment", she said. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry also cites the problems of availability of practicing child and adolescent psychiatrists (less than 17 available per 100,000 children).

According to authors and experts in the field, another challenge is communicating with the education system, juvenile justice system, child welfare system and health care system that look after the interest of children and teenagers.

Among the challenges, families are concerned about the stigma of a mental health condition and being able to afford treatment. Mautone said in her statement, "All of these systems that are supposed to be caring for children often times are not talking to each other. A lot of times kids fall through the cracks and families are not getting the appropriate support they need".

"We have known that the number of children who have mental illness and that go untreated is very high", she added.

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