Digital tool screens kids for mental health issues in Children’s Wisconsin

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that suicide is the third leading cause of death for young adults nationwide. A new digital tool at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee is helping doctors spot any problems right away. Children’s Center Dr. Michelle Beckett sees it all, but she’s recently noticed a trend of patients coming to the pediatric emergency room. “I would say over the past two years – and specifically since the pandemic started – we have seen a huge increase in the number of children coming in for mental health issues,” Beckett said. That’s why she’s introduced an iPad-based 5-question check to help address potential mental health issues for every child 10 and older who walks through the emergency room doors. “Through our examination, we also notice patients who come in – as I mentioned – with broken bones or abdominal pain or something completely unrelated, and with the examination we do, we have now sort of revealed that they have Some mental health issues too.” Once screened, clinicians can immediately connect families to a wide range of both inpatient and outpatient mental health and behavioral resources. “We hope that when we provide these resources to patients, we hope that when we provide these resources to patients,” said Dr. Alison McCall, director of social work on the hospital’s new crisis response team. Outsiders, they use it and that lowers the recidivism rate to go back to the emergency room.” Beckett said the tool, while simple, could go a long way in saving lives. “Every child is important and we don’t want one child — we don’t want any —,” she said. to kill himself.” “It affects so many people we just want to save every child we can.” If you or someone you know needs to speak with an expert, the National Suicide Prevention Life Line is 800-273-8255 (TALK). From July, calling 988 will connect you to life-saving resources for for a life.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that suicide is Third cause of death for young people nationally. A new digital tool at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee is helping doctors spot any problems right away.

Children’s Center Dr. Michelle Beckett sees it all, but she’s recently noticed a trend of patients coming to the pediatric emergency room.

“I would say over the past two years – and specifically since the pandemic started – we have seen a huge increase in the number of children coming in for mental health issues,” Beckett said.

That’s why she’s introduced an iPad-based 5-question check to help address potential mental health issues for every child 10 and older who walks through the emergency room doors.

“Through our examination, we also notice patients who come in – as I mentioned – with broken bones or abdominal pain or something completely unrelated, and with the examination we do, we have now sort of revealed that they have Some mental health problems, too.”

Once screened, clinicians can instantly connect families to a wide range of inpatient and outpatient mental health and behavioral resources.

“We hope that when we provide these resources to outpatients, they use them and that reduces the recidivism rate to go back to the emergency room,” said Dr. Allison McCall, director of social work on the hospital’s new crisis response team.

Beckett said the tool, while simple, can go a long way in saving lives.

“Every child is important and we don’t want a single child – we don’t want any child – to kill themselves,” she said. “[Suicide] It affects so many people, we just want to save every child we can.”

If you or someone you know needs to speak with an expert, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 800-273-8255 (TALK). Starting in July, calling 988 will connect you to life-saving resources.

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