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Adolescent Mental Health Issues Magnified By COVID-19

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This episode originally aired on July 15, 2020.

Nearly one in five adolescents has a diagnosable mental health disorder, and nearly one-third of them show signs of depression.

That’s according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, using data compiled before the pandemic.

But fewer than 300 psychiatrists are available to serve Ohio’s 2.6 million kids, and behavioral health services struggle to manage the load, especially in rural areas.

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher: COVID-19 magnifies the challenges of treating adolescents with mental health issues.

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If you or someone you know needs immediate help, call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention LifeLine at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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