Children’s Hospital Colorado, in Aurora, declared a “pediatric mental health state of emergency” because of a large increase in mental health crises and suicide attempts over the past four months due to quarantines, school closures, and other restrictions due to the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus.
The hospital’s medical director, David Brumbaugh, stated, “Our kids have run out of resilience. Their tank is empty. That’s where we are right now as a system and it’s impacting families across our metro area, across our state,” according to Townhall May 26.
Obviously, the child health crisis is not only affecting children but their parents as well. Brumbaugh himself broke down in tears as he recounted the dramatic case of a ninth-grade teenager who attempted suicide because he was rejected from the baseball team.
The boy’s father told Brumbaugh, also in tears, which deeply moved Brumbaugh, whose son is about the same age and also plays baseball. “I’m sorry, but this is what we are feeling as caregivers every day,” he apologized.
Likewise, for Jenna Glover of the hospital system’s Pediatric Mental Health Institute, what has happened over the past year has been frustrating for many children.
“Despite things getting better in terms of COVID, kids have dealt with chronic stress for the past year that has interrupted their development,” Glover said, quoted by Colorado Public Radio (CPR).
She added, “Now kids are asked to be starting back into life again, they don’t have the resources to do that, they’re burnt out and they feel so behind they don’t know how to catch up.”
Glover interprets these negative emotions of adolescents as the breeding ground in which hopelessness breeds, which is conducive to suicidal outcomes. Worse still, he believes that it is difficult to overcome this crisis during the following year.
In fact, the influx of young people with mental problems caused by the impact of the social restrictions enacted by the CCP Virus overwhelms the hospital’s capacity.
In Colorado Springs, the hospital experienced a 145 percent increase in youth behavioral health visits since January compared to 2020.
“If we are building beds, acute beds, we are losing the battle against suicide and behavioral health problems with our teens,” stressed Chief Medical Officer Michael DiStefano, according to CPR.
For DiStefano, to adequately care for adolescents, it is not enough to increase the number of beds, which is already being done by leaps and bounds.
What is needed is an integrated juvenile mental health system that leads a broad prevention campaign to care for children before they reach a crisis point and have to be admitted to the hospital.
In this regard, various physicians and specialists attest to a significant increase in children and adolescents presenting to hospitals and other health care facilities across the country with anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts.
UCSF [University of California San Francisco] Benioff Children’s Hospital of Oakland reported a 66 percent increase in the number of suicidal children in the emergency room in the last year.
There was also a doubling in the number of adolescents hospitalized for eating disorders and a 75 percent increase in youth seeking mental health services and requiring immediate hospitalization amid school closings.
Notably, the hardest hit is those in states governed by Democrats, such as Colorado and California, where civil rights have been restricted as much as possible by the CCP Virus. In contrast, predominantly Republican states enjoy better economic and health outcomes due to the early repeal of these alienating regulations.