Children's Behavioral Health


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Prior to COVID-19, an estimated 13.2 million children between the ages of 3 and 17 were diagnosed with anxiety, depression or a behavioral health disorder. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), behavioral health disorders can prevent children from developing coping and resiliency skills—abilities they need to help them learn, behave or handle their emotions. These skills are essential to healthy social development and help ensure children have a positive quality of life now and into adulthood. Early identification of behavioral health disorders can lead to children receiving treatment sooner and help mitigate some of the challenges related to coping and resiliency later in life.

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