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Approximately 1 in 5 children have a mental health condition, but there is a national shortage of providers to care for them.

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A Virtual Program to Aid Families of Children With Autism

For years, Project ECHO has allowed Nationwide Children’s experts to virtually educate health care providers throughout Ohio. Now, the hospital is using the same model to support families of children with autism throughout the United States.

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Addressing the Growing Concern of Doctor Burnout

Doctors experience burnout and other mental health concerns at a higher rate than many other professions. A recent grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration is helping Nationwide Children’s Hospital and its collaborators around the country develop interventions to help.

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Addressing the Rising Rate of Young Child Suicide

Suicide rates among children 5 to 11 years of age increased nearly 15% annually between 2012 and 2017. But there’s limited research that could lead to suicide prevention strategies in these young children. A recent study from the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital has helped to address that gap.

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COVID-19 and the Compounding Children’s Mental Health Crisis

David Axelson, MD, chief of Behavioral Health at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, writes that COVID-19 has had a negative impact on an already existing pediatric mental health crisis. . .but a new national focus on the issue is a step in the right direction.

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Expanding Mental Health Care for Young Children Who Have Experienced Trauma

With the help of a new $2 million grant, The Center for Family Safety and Healing at Nationwide Children’s is partnering with community organizations in Franklin and Licking counties to improve access to care for children and families who have experienced trauma. Learn how the partnership is already working in the community.

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Expanding Mental Health Care in the Black Community

“Only about 5% of practicing psychologists are Black, and that number is even lower when it comes to those who specialize in pediatric care,” notes The Columbus Dispatch, in exploring the many reasons why some Black people both do not receive and do not seek out mental health care.

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Expanding the Appalachian Region’s Access to Mental Health Care

This relatively new partnership has already made a big impact in an underserved region of Ohio, facilitating millions of dollars in investment for children. And it’s planning to grow.

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Leveraging a Limited Pediatric Mental Health Workforce

Dr. Axelson explains a “system of care” concept that has developed at Nationwide Children’s, where psychiatrists lead multidisciplinary teams of mental health professionals and work with community primary care providers to reach underserved areas.

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New School-Based Initiative is Increasing Mental Health Care Access in Southeastern Ohio

A partnership with the Cardinal Health Foundation is allowing Nationwide Children’s Hospital to implement suicide prevention programs in schools in Stark and Athens Counties, train primary care providers to diagnose and manage children’s mental health conditions and develop integrated models of care.

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Our Commitment to Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth

Young people flourish when they feel comfortable with themselves, when they can participate in the same activities as their peers, and when their communities respect them. Nationwide Children’ works with hundreds of families across Ohio to help transgender children thrive.

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PAX Good Behavior Game

Thanks to the implementation of an innovative program, many central and southeastern Ohio elementary schools have seen disruptive classroom behavior decrease by 30-36%. Learn how the PAX Good Behavior Game is making a difference.

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Pediatric Vital Signs

Nationwide Children’s Hospital and a number of community partners launched the first effort of its kind in the United States to measure and improve the health of every child: Pediatric Vital Signs.

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Project ECHO and BH-Tips

Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a learning collaborative that uses a hub-and-spokes model for case-based group education. A multidisciplinary team of behavioral health and primary care professionals at Nationwide Children’s are the hub, and community providers are the spokes.

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Responding to the Crisis of Black Youth Suicide

Research over the last decade has shown a troubling increase in suicidal thoughts and attempts among young Black people. But little research exists on the “how” and “why” of suicide in Black youth.

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SOS Signs of Suicide®: An Approved Prevention Program for Ohio Schools

Schools across Ohio will soon be required to provide approved, evidence-based instruction in suicide awareness and prevention. Learn how one such prevention program, SOS Signs of Suicide®, is having a positive impact in more than 188 schools.

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Startling Research on Youth Suicide Prompts National Conversations

A first-of-its-kind study on Black youth suicide from Nationwide Children’s Hospital has drawn national attention to this growing problem and is now helping inform federal discussion about suicide prevention.

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The Higher Mortality Rate of Previously Incarcerated Youth

A recent study from Nationwide Children’s found that young people who were previously incarcerated in the juvenile legal system are nearly 6x more likely than the general population to experience early mortality. Researchers say that better supporting youths in the reentry process may help.

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The Surprising Impact of Child Mental Health on the Workforce

A new study from On Our Sleeves, powered by behavioral health experts at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, finds many parents' work performance and productivity are being impacted by their kids’ mental health.

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Behavioral Health

Big Lots Behavioral Health Services at Nationwide Children's Hospital addresses the needs of children and adolescents experiencing emotional, behavioral or developmental problems.

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BH-TIPS Video Consult for Providers

Ohio community-based primary care providers can receive provider-to-provider consultation with our psychiatrists through virtual appointments.

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Helping Kids in Crisis

The Big Lots Behavioral Health Pavilion is America’s largest center dedicated exclusively to child and adolescent behavioral and mental health on a pediatric medical campus.

Center for Suicide Prevention and Research

The Center for Suicide Prevention and Research (CSPR) at Nationwide Children's Hospital was created to address the growing problem of suicide among youth in central Ohio.