NASEM: Improving Child and Youth Mental Health: Driving Factors and Root Causes


The United States in recent years has seen an unprecedented increase in mental health problems for children and youth. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1 in 5 U.S. children ages 3–17 has a mental, emotional, behavioral, or developmental disorder. Last year, the Surgeon General issued an advisory on the youth mental health crisis, calling it the “crisis of our time.” Given the continued urgency of this issue, the 2023 webinar series for the Hauser Policy Impact Fund continues with its focus on children and youth mental health. 

Drawing on the work of the Board on Children, Youth, and Families, the second webinar from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) will highlight the report, Addressing the Long-Term Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Children and Families (2023). This webinar will focus on the driving factors that contribute to the children and youth mental health crisis, including disparities inequities in the mental health system.