Children’s mental health research series: Prevention and early intervention
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 mental health continuum of care, leading to higher emergency room utilization for children with suicidal thoughts and other mental health crises.
In this report, we examine the current state of Oklahoma’s array of promotion, prevention, and early intervention services. We also discuss the supports and interventions needed to reduce risk, build protective factors, increase supports, and provide treatment to prevent or lessen the impact of mental illness on Oklahoma’s children.