Children’s Hospital hosts roundtable to discuss the state’s pediatric mental health crisis

COLORADO SPRINGS – Colorado is one of the worst states in the country for childhood mental health. In fact, the Children’s Hospital says we rank 48th overall. In addition, the demand for pediatric mental health care is on the rise in every corner of our state.

Children’s Hospital is calling this a state of emergency, and as May is Mental Health Awareness Month, the hospital’s top leaders, along with representatives from Colorado counties and school districts, are holding a roundtable discussion with virtual media.

The topics they want to discuss are the factors contributing to this crisis, how this issue is overwhelming for schools, lack of county resources, and lack of facilities, beds, and caregivers in Colorado. They will also discuss the solutions out there.

“We know that the best way to help a child struggling with mental illness is to start the conversation yourself,” said Dr. Chris Rogers, a child psychiatrist.

Organizers say they hope Colorado will recognize and deal with this crisis with the level of alert and support.

“Recognizing that children can suffer emotionally or become overburdened and overburdened is a very good thing for our country,” said Alison Steier, vice president of mental health at Southwest Human Development.

The round table discussion is virtual. The discussion starts at 10:00 AM. News5 will present the event on our KOAA News5 streaming platform for Roku, FireTV, AppleTV and AndroidTV. Please join us.

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