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Life After COVID

In Conversation: Children's Mental Health Crisis

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Erin Kirkland
Bridge Michigan
The Midwest lacks enough resources to adequately provide mental health services to young people in crisis. As they wait, many wait for beds at emergency rooms around the state, including at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Emergency Department in Grand Rapids.

The pandemic both highlighted and exacerbated a growing mental health crisis, and with fewer resources, children are an especially vulnerable group. If parents can find help for their children, is it affordable?

Indiana Public Broadcasting's talk show "All IN" spoke with the people who connect children and families to mental health resources and providers about this complex system. They also spoke with a woman who has sought mental health care for her son.

The show aired shortly after Side Effects Public Media published its Life After COVID series, which examined the struggling children's mental health system.

Produced by Drew Daudelin.


  • Amy Duncan, Supervisor of the Wraparound Facilitator Team, Aspire Indiana
  • Alyssa Pearson, Access Coordinator for Boone, Hamilton and Madison Counties, Aspire Indiana
  • Meg Hartz, mother in South Bend, Indiana