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Lisa Jarvis

The Teen Mental Health Crisis Is No Place to Cut Corners

It’s expensive to help kids who are depressed or having suicidal thoughts. But the alternative is unthinkable.

A tough time to be a kid.

A tough time to be a kid.

Photographer: Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images

It’s no secret that kids in the US are struggling with mental health issues in increasing numbers. Now, a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association emphasizes the severity of the situation: Pediatric mental health hospitalizations are rising, and many more kids are being hospitalized for attempting suicide.

The data couldn’t be clearer: We’re not identifying and supporting struggling kids before they hit a crisis.