Helping Kids Get the Mental Health Care They Need
The last decade has seen a drastic increase in mental health disorders in children and teens. At the same time, the U.S. is facing a critical shortage of mental health providers.
Wait lists to see a therapist can be weeks or months long. Poor access to care can have dire outcomes; the CDC reports that suicide is the second-leading cause of death among adolescents 12-17 and in college-aged youth.
BY THE NUMBERS
Depression among adolescents increased by 52% between 2005 and 2017.
Source: American Psychological Association
Researchers believe social media, cultural pressures, dependence on electronic communication, and poor sleep habits all contribute to mental health issues in children and teens. The solution requires a modern and convenient approach that kids can relate to – without any negative stigma.
THE MeMD SOLUTION
Improving Access to Care
Counseling for common issues, such as depression and anxiety.
Sessions can be scheduled in as few as 24 hours.
Available for children ages 10 to 17.
Parents attend first visit and then determine ongoing involvement.
Unique assessment tool to measure and track progress.
HOW IT WORKS
Simple, Painless and Discreet
When a child suffers, the entire family suffers – at home, school, the workplace and throughout day-to-day life. Teletherapy combats access and stigma issues without sacrificing quality counseling and care.
Parents can schedule a 25- or 50-minute session with a therapist in as few as 24 hours (vs. weeks or months), which is critical for kids in need.
Sessions take place via phone, computer or mobile device. This format works well for adolescents who are often more comfortable with virtual versus in-person visits.
Parents take part in the first session (with the option of participating throughout treatment), and can work with the child's therapist to design a detailed treatment plan with specific benchmarks and scheduled check-ins to ensure the treatment is effective.