More kids are showing up in ERs with mental health crises

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By Maggie Fox

An increasing number of children are showing up in U.S. emergency rooms in the throes of a mental health crisis, researchers reported Friday. And the increases are seen in minority children, in particular.

It’s not clear why, but the researchers say their findings are startling. They are seeing the same pattern across the country.

“It’s really disheartening. Community resources for mental health, especially for youth, are incredibly scarce,” said Dr. Anna Abrams, a pediatrician and researcher at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

“It’s shocking, really.”

Abrams is a pediatric emergency health physician studying disparities in health care at Children’s.

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