Mental health issues are on the rise for everyone, but especially for children.
Last October, a coalition of health professionals from the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Children's Hospital Association issued an urgent warning declaring the mental health crisis among children a national emergency.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as reported in an NPR article, in 2020, the percentage of emergency department mental health visits rose by 24% for children ages 5-11 and 31% for those 12-17.
The crisis is likely a result of stress brought on by the pandemic, which may have worsened issues such as depression, anxiety or loneliness, the coalition wrote in their declaration.
Do you have a family member who is struggling?
From autism to ADHD, from gender identity to general mental health issues, here is a local guide to getting help.
Autism Center of Chattanooga
1400 McCallie Ave. #100
Focus Psychiatric Services
6400 Lee Highway
3328 Jenkins Road,. Suite 200
*Agape Youth Behavioral Health
1360 Mackey Branch Drive
Speech Language Reading Center
5819 Winding Lane Suite #105
*Siskin Children's Institute -- Center for Developmental Pediatrics
1101 Carter St.
Journey Psychotherapy Center
5721 Marlin Road, Suite #3800
CRISIS WALK-IN CENTERS--FACE TO FACE EVALUATIONS
Volunteer Behavioral Health--Chattanooga Campus
413 Spring St.
Mental Health Cooperative of Chattanooga
801 N. Holtzclaw Ave. Suite 101
MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDERS
472 West MLK Blvd.
Cherokee Health Systems
5600 Brainerd Road
Helen Ross McNabb
Hamilton County Child and Adolescent Center
6055 Shallowford Road
Center for a Brighter Tomorrow
7372 Applegate Lane
Scholze Center for Adolescents Recovery Needs
911 Pineville Road
Chattanooga Room In The Inn (for homeless women and children)
230 North Highland Park Ave.
Chattanooga Rescue Mission (food, shelter and emergency overnight shelter as well as help with drug and alcohol addictions)
1512 South Holtzclaw Ave.
Shepherd's Arms Rescue Mission (for homeless women with children)
4012 West Ave.
Youth Villages (residential treatment for children and adolescents, mental health and crisis services)
6236 Airpark Drive, Suite A
Chattanooga Suicide Hotlines: