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New Resources in Recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month

Behavioral health challenges in children were rising prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, and youth psychological distress and unmet behavioral health need only increased further during the pandemic. As we recognize Mental Health Awareness Month, PolicyLab has several new resources outlined below that look to address this ongoing crisis and explore opportunities available to support the health & well-being of youth. 

White paper:

On the blog:

  • PolicyLab Affiliate Trainee Dr. Polina Krass describes the opportunities and challenges of the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline launching this summer in addressing the pediatric mental health crisis and outlines how to ensure it meets the needs of youth.
  • With suicide risk among adolescents spiking during the pandemic, PolicyLab researchers Drs. Molly Davis and Jami Young discuss how the mental health fields can partner with school personnel and pediatric primary care to identify and address youth suicide risk.
  • PolicyLab researchers Morgan Bush and Danielle Apple detail an innovative program in Colorado providing all youth with behavioral health sessions and discuss how this model could be adapted in other states.

From PolicyLab Forum 2022:

To join the conversation, follow along with us on Twitter at @PolicyLabCHOP using the hashtag #MentalHealthMonth.