Mental health crisis among children is a national emergency, experts say. Here’s where to get help in Chattanooga.

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.

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