Psychiatric emergency rooms are busier than you can imagine—unless you’ve been stuck in one. In fact, there’s only one emergency room setting that’s even more so: pediatric psychiatric emergency rooms.
In May, we celebrate Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.
I say “celebrate” because we all need to rejoice in a child’s mental health.
We also need to be aware that no individual or family is untouched by mental illness. Despite ongoing and pervasive stigma, the facts speak for themselves.
Tune into our audio segment on navigating the system ~ search for ‘Shrinking It Down’ wherever you get your podcasts.
I’m going to try to describe how hard it is for families to navigate the mental health care system in the United States. In fact, even the term “system” is problematic here.
No one can deny that the untimely death of Robin Williams has affected us all in a multitude of different ways. In two separate blogs below, Drs. Schlozman and Beresin reflect on Mr. Williams’ legacy, what he meant—and still means—to them, and what we can all learn from this tragic loss.
Julie is 15 years old. She’s just returned to school after missing two weeks to receive treatment for wanting to harm herself by taking too much of an antibiotic that she found in her grandparents’ house.