Our Cause

Emotional, behavioral, and developmental problems and disorders are common in children and adolescents, and at some point most families face difficulties such as physical illnesses that can prove especially troubling for children. Nationwide Children’s Hospital offers a wide range of Behavioral Health services to address the needs of children, adolescents and their families as they face such challenges. By bringing together a team of professionals from many disciplines such as child and adolescent psychiatry, counseling, developmental behavioral pediatrics, nursing, psychology, and social work, Behavioral Health services work together to determine the best treatment options for your child.


    • 1 in 5 U.S. children and adolescents have some form of mental health issue (American Academy of Pediatrics)
    • 70% of adolescents with mental health problems do not receive care (Journal of Adolescent Health, volume 38)
    •  Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for youth ages 15-24 (National Institute of Mental Health report)
    • Among young people aged 10-14 years old, suicide rates have doubled in the last two decades (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)
    • Children with mental health issues make $10,400 less per year as adults (Journal of Social Science and Medicine)
    •  4 in 10 currently unemployed parents say they have seen behavioral changes in their children due to their unemployment (NY Times/CBS Poll)
    • Behavioral and emotional problems decreased among 31 percent of youth with mental health issues after 6 months of receiving mental health care (SAMHSA report)
    • Within one year of entering a mental health program, youth attending school regularly increased from 75% to 81%, and those receiving passing grades increased from 55% to 66% (SAMHSA report)