Poll finds 4 in 5 Americans favor increase in mental health support for children

According to new public opinion research released today and commissioned by Nationwide Children’s Hospital, 87 percent of Americans agree there needs to be more mental health support (including increased treatment, therapy and prevention resources) available to help children and adolescents in their communities.

“The survey confirms the public knows what the research shows and what we see in clinic – the need for pediatric behavioral health services is significant,” said David Axelson, MD, chief of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health and medical director of Big Lots Behavioral Health Services at Nationwide Children’s.

“There has been growing awareness of the importance of behavioral health disorders in children, which have the potential for long-term, negative impact on their health and society,” said Dr. Axelson. “Many communities like ours are thinking about how to improve access to high quality behavioral health services because it is the right thing to do.”

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