COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (KKTV) — Medical experts answer questions from parents about youth mental health on Thursday.
11 News spoke to Children’s Hospital Colorado, which says May has historically been stressful for children and families, due to year-end activities such as testing, graduation or prom, as well as the uncertainty of summer. This year may be worse than years past.
“Any kind of transition can be difficult for kids, but our kids have gone through so many transitions and experienced so little stability in recent years,” says Dr. Jessica Hawks of Children’s.
Children’s reports show that mental health problems such as depression and anxiety have doubled in the past two years. Suicide remains the number one cause of death in Colorado youth.
In the pediatric system at Children’s Hospital Colorado, there was a 47% increase in the number of patients visiting emergency rooms for behavioral problems from January to March 2022 compared to the same period in 2021.
The May Mental Health Awareness Month Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Mental Health Town Hall is Thursday 5 May from 6 pm – 7 pm Children’s encourages all families to register through Eventbrite to get the City Hall Zoom link.
Attendees in Zoom can ask questions for the open Q&A at the end of the forum and listen to live interpretation in Spanish. For those unable to access Zoom, the event will also be streamed live on the Children’s Hospital Colorado Facebook page.
“If we have mental health problems that aren’t addressed in childhood, they are set up for all kinds of problems later in life … worse health outcomes, worse educational outcomes, worse occupational outcomes,” Hawks said. “We want to intervene early because the good news is that if we give kids the mental health support they need, those pathways can completely change.”
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