Can telehealth solve America's mental health crisis in schools?

Can telehealth solve America’s mental health crisis in schools?

The children are not well. A CDC analysis released earlier this year found that in 2021 – the second year of the pandemic – more than 37% of high school students reported having poor mental health and 44% said they felt constantly sad or hopeless while throughout the year.

Before the pandemic, mental health was already getting worse — according to previous CDC studies.

Bonnie Petrie guest hosted TPR’s The Source to speak to experts about this issue and the telehealth program in Texas that hopes to help address the mental health crisis.

  • Dr. Laurel Williams, DO, professor of psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, medical director of the Centralized Operation Support Hub, which supports the Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium
  • Reena Pardiwala, PA-C, clinical director of Texas Child Health Access Through Telemedicine at UT Health San Antonio
  • Josette Saxton, director of mental health policy at Texans Care for Children

Texas Public Radio is part of the Mental Health Parity Collaborative, a group of newsrooms that cover challenges and solutions to accessing mental health care in the United States. Partners in this project include The Carter Center, Center for Public Integrity, and newsrooms in Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Texas.


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