Statewide Youth Mental Health Crisis Spotlighted in Three-Part Series

July 1, 2021

July 6, 2021

The state’s shortage of mental health care services for children and teens–which has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic –was the subject of a recent series of articles by Bridge Michigan.

The three-part series, ‘Child mental illness during COVID-19’, explores the strain on families trying to find help for their children in the aftermath of the pandemic, the shortage of beds for youth experiencing a mental health crisis, and possible ideas for addressing some of these shortcomings.

Pine Rest COO Robert (Bob) Nykamp, who was interviewed for one of the articles, recalls how hospital admissions were affected during the early days of the pandemic.

In the beginning, says Nykamp, “Families hunkered down. They didn’t want to go to emergency rooms, because they were afraid of getting COVID. Volumes dropped … and then it just skyrocketed back up again.”

Child and adolescent inpatient admissions at Pine Rest were up 19 percent in 2020. To address the influx of patients, a temporary 26-bed unit for adolescent patients was opened.

To view this full series, you may visit Bridge Michigan. This series was also featured in The Detroit Free Press and on Michigan Radio.

Bridge Michigan Segment | Mental health crisis: Children at a breaking point during COVID (6/29/21)

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