Half of all American children with a mental health condition are not getting the necessary treatment.
That’s according to a new study published in the journal “JAMA Pediatrics” on Monday.
Researchers looked at data from a survey of nearly 50-million kids ages six through 18, filled out by their parents.
They found 7.7-million children had at least one mental health condition.
The conditions include depression, anxiety or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
Researchers found only half of them got treatment or counseling from a mental health provider in the last 12 months.
Among the challenges: Families are concerned about the stigma of a mental health condition and being able to afford treatment and there’s a severe shortage of mental health providers who treat children and adolescents.