At Riley Hospital for Children there’s been a jump in emergency room visits related to mental health and suicide. From March to December, these visits increased 61 percent compared to the same months in 2019.
Hilary Blake, a psychologist at the Indianapolis hospital, says there is a mental health crisis in Indiana.
“I think COVID has shone light on it, but I think the mental health crisis has been here for a while unfortunately, in the state of Indiana,” she says. “We don’t have enough providers, specifically psychiatrists to help with children with mental health needs.”
Blake says closing schools due to the pandemic has affected students’ mental health.