Study: More parents seek mental health help for adolescents amid pandemic

The stress of the pandemic could be causing more parents to seek mental health therapy for their children.

That is according to a new poll from the University of Michigan, which is based on responses from over 1,200 parents of children ages 11-18 surveyed in October of 2021.

More than a quarter of those participants say their adolescent has visited with a mental health specialist – with close to 60% of those visits happening within the past year.

Experts say the pandemic caused significant stress and social disruption for kids that likely exacerbated mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety.

Most parents say they feel they would be able to tell if their child is suffering from a mental health issue.

However, only a quarter believe their child would talk to them about their mental health.