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Emergency room doctors beg for help treating children with mental health illnesses

Three influential groups of pediatricians and emergency medicine providers are pleading for more support and resources as the number of children and teenagers with mental health concerns overwhelm emergency departments nationwide.

"The scope of this problem is really great," said Dr. Mohsen Saidinejad, a professor of emergency medicine and pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. "But our ability to solve it is not there."

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More than 20% of teens have seriously considered suicide. Psychologists and communities can help tackle the problem

A troubling pattern is on the rise in adolescents across the country: increasing rates of suicide, with youth of color and LGBTQ+ youth most affected—all against a backdrop of teens reporting high levels of hopelessness, sadness, loneliness, and suicidal ideation.

A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) looking at mental health and suicidal behaviors from 2011 to 2021 indicates that 13% of high school girls had attempted suicide (30% had seriously considered it). That jumped to more than 20% for LGBTQ+ teens (45% had seriously considered it).

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Amid mental health crisis, school teaches students how to help each other

As federal data shows a rising mental health crisis among teens in the United States, one high school has decided to take a different approach to helping students.

"The teen mental health program is designed to help teens respond appropriately to their peers," Shea told " Good Morning America." "I think it gives them a way to talk about mental health, hopefully take away some of that stigma that we hear or that we know about mental health."

The first step in the program is helping students identify the challenges they're experiencing, and then identifying the tools they already have at their disposal to help.

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About 15% of US children recently received mental health treatment, new CDC data shows

Nearly 15% of children in the United States were recently treated for mental health disorders in 2021, according to new research from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The finding, released Tuesday by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, suggests that mental health disorders – such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder or anxiety – are common among school-age children.

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