Kids’ mental health issues cause for concern
ALARMING new research has confirmed what many parents fear: the mental health crisis in our children isn’t going away. In fact, it’s on the rise.
A new study has revealed the number of children who presented to emergency departments in Victoria with mental health issues has tripled over a seven-year period (2008–2015). That’s 52,000 children in Victoria alone.
The study, conducted by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, and published in the Medical Journal of Australia, looked at children from birth to 19 years. It found that between 2008 and 2015, 52,000 children presented to Victorian public hospital emergency departments statewide with mental health disorders.
The most common conditions were self-harm, drug and alcohol issues, and then mood disorders.
The study’s authors suggested solutions including:
● Public health campaigns to help improve mental health literacy in caregivers.
● Further training for GPs and other health professionals in how to recognise and support families with children who have mental health issues.
● Providing communitybased mental health services for children under 12.
For more, visit www.kidspot.com.au.