Healthy Minds releases multi-part children's research series
Already increasing before the pandemic, the number of children and youth struggling with poor mental health in Oklahoma has surged during the pandemic. This increased need has exposed gaps in Oklahoma’s continuum of mental health care services, leading to higher emergency room utilization for children with suicidal thoughts and other mental health crises.
Healthy Minds’ new research series focuses on this continuum of care, with an analysis of the state’s strengths and weaknesses for each of the continuum’s six key components. This series of reports will provide an overview of Oklahoma’s mental health services for children, youth, and their families, as well as identify opportunities to expand, strengthen, and sustain the state’s mental health services and supports.