Medical experts across the country say the mental health of children deteriorated during the pandemic – with a large number of children taking up beds in emergency rooms due to a shortage of placements, providers and resources to combat the crisis. Since the onset of the pandemic, Children’s hospitals throughout the country have seen a “meteoric” rise in the number of children who need mental health help. To make matters worse, hospitals that struggled to meet the demand for mental health services before the pandemic are now dealing with even fewer resources – like hospital beds, providers, therapists and counseling – thanks to COVID. Mental health among young people deteriorated during the pandemic when cabin fever increased family conflicts and closed schools left children isolated from activities and their peers. According to The Washington Post, from June of last year to late spring 2021, an average of five children each week were admitted to the medical school’s teaching hospital at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, for overdoses of acetaminophen, opiates, antidepressants and Ritalin. Normally, the hospital sees only five kids a month.
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