WISCONSIN — The Wisconsin's Office of Children's Mental Health release new numbers last week that showed more Wisconsin children continue to deal with mental health issues.
Experts have been sharing insight into what's behind the problem and what could help turn things around.
"There are a number of factors contributing to children's mental health," said Linda Hall, director of Wisconsin's Office of Children’s Mental Health. "The issue of the levels of anxiety and depression and lack of belonging that our kids are feeling — these are issues that have been growing for a decade already."
Hall's office has made a Mental Health Crisis Card; it's available to parents and kids across Wisconsin. She said it came about after her office worked with parents to develop a method to better put calming strategies to work while helping a child make it through a crisis situation.
"[Parents] identified that sometimes — kids in particular — when [kids] are having a crisis, [they] cannot put into words what is happening to them or what can help them," Hall said. "The Mental Health Crisis Card gives us a way for kids to think ahead of time about what it is they want someone to do for them when they're in crisis."
Watch the full interview above.
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