Behavioral Health for Kids and Teens

Meet Kate. She is an outgoing girl who loves lots of activities. She receives care for her anxiety, sensory integration disorder, and ADHD from Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Pediatric Mental Health Institute after experiencing suicidal thoughts. With the proper medical care and support from her family, Kate was able to move towards recovery and find strength. Learn more about her story.

Prior to the pandemic, kids just like Kate were experiencing serious mental, emotional and behavioral health challenges. The pandemic has made this crisis worse. Children’s hospitals are treating an alarming number of children and teens in severe crisis, with emergency departments seeing increases in suicidal ideation and self-harm. From April to October 2020, hospitals across the U.S. saw a 24% increase in the proportion of mental health emergency department visits for kids ages 5 to 11, and a 31% increase for children and adolescents ages 12 to 17.

Our kids and teens face a mental health crisis. We must act.

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