ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – How abundant are mental health services for children and adolescents in the St. Louis area? It’s a question being asked after Friday’s tragic shootings in Connecticut.
Saint Louis University Care child psychiatrist Dr. Anne Marie Loth at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center says there are probably more services available here for children than adults.
“There still are quite a few acute impatient hospitals for children throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area and those include CenterPointe, St. Anthony’s DePaul, and Mercy,” she said.
Loth says there are a couple intensive outpatient programs available as well, along with some community programs like Catholic Family Services for those who are uninsured or under-insured. They offer both psychiatric and therapeutic services on a sliding scale.
She says we need to talk more about how to improve services for people with mental health issues and how to identify mental health symptoms.
“And how do we have a conversation that is making it a taboo subject that we don’t talk about mental health issues?” Loth asked. “Let’s make it a conversation about how do we help these folks, what is the best way to treat that, how do we make them feel comfortable seeking treatment?”
She said many people avoid seeking treatment because they fear the stigma that will follow them if their need for mental healthcare is found out.