One of the most common reasons that teens come to an Emergency room is because they’ve harmed themselves. Sad, but tragically true. Unfortunately, this scenario becomes even more tragic, as the majority are not receiving the emergency mental health assessments that they need.
Most young people who present to EDs with deliberate self-harm are discharged to the community without receiving an emergency mental health assessment, according to a study of Medicaid data, which also found that a roughly comparable proportion of those patients receive no outpatient mental healthcare during the following month.
Deliberate self-harm is among the most common reasons for an ED visit by young people in the U.S., according to background information in the study, which appears in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and was conducted by researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
One of my frustrations
As a health care provider who sees teens with every sort of issue imaginable, one issue that comes up is the scarcity of mental health professionals available to follow up with teens after they’ve had a crisis.It takes diligent follow up from parents and from the provider who first cares for the teen to arrange follow up care.
You can read more from the Current Psychiatry.