Psychiatric Emergencies in the Pediatric Emergency Department - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


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Scope of the Problem. US Dept of Health and Human Services 1 in 10 children in USA (4 million) suffers from a mental illnessOnly 20% will receive needed carePsychotherapy recommended for < 50% of patients evaluated for suicide attempt in the ED with even fewer actually complying with referralWorld Health OrganizationBy 2020 childhood neuropsychiatric disorders will be 1 of the top 5 causes of morbidity, mortality and disability among youth worldwide.

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