Tackling the mental health national emergency

This past October, many organizations declared a national emergency for children's mental health. What can a pediatric clinician do to help?

This past October, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Children’s Hospital Association, declared a national state of emergency in child and adolescent mental health and are calling on policy makers to join them. Contemporary Pediatrics spoke with Dr. Matthew Biel, chief of child and adolescent psychiatry at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and Georgetown University School of Medicine, about why this national emergency was declared, and what pediatricians can do to address this crisis.