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Child Mind Institute Children’s Mental Health Report Finds an Estimated 17.1 Million Young People in the U.S. Have or Have Had a Diagnosable Psychiatric Disorder

May 4, 2015

Report Highlights Gaps in Care for Children, Including 80% of Kids With a Diagnosable Anxiety Disorder Who Do Not Get Treatment

NEW YORK, NY, May 4, 2015 — Today the Child Mind Institute announced the release of the first annual Children’s Mental Health Report, which synthesizes the most important, credible and available data on the prevalence of mental illness in children and the gap between need and care. The report found that an estimated 17.1 million young people in the US have or have had a diagnosable psychiatric disorder. This is the highest number ever reported.

The report shows that the majority of kids aren’t getting treated. Fully 80% of kids with a diagnosable anxiety disorder do not get treatment, while 60% of kids with diagnosable depression and 40% of kids with diagnosable ADHD do not get treatment. The full report can be viewed at

“The results are in and they are remarkable in that they defy the general public’s perception of childhood mental illness,” said Child Mind Institute Founder and President Harold Koplewicz, MD. “Many more kids than we realized struggle with mental illness and nearly two thirds do not get treatment. This is a wake up call. Mental illness and learning disabilities are the common disorders of childhood.”

Failure to intervene early leaves kids and adolescents at a higher risk for academic failure, school drop out, alcohol and substance abuse, entering the juvenile justice system and even suicide. In fact, more than 70% of youth in juvenile justice settings meet criteria for a psychiatric diagnosis, and the cost of lost productivity and crime spending related to mental illness in Americans under 24 is a staggering $202 billion.

The Child Mind Institute’s Children’s Mental Health Report highlights the effective treatments we have, the importance of early intervention, and the costs of not recognizing and addressing childhood mental illness. It will be published on and shared by partners Web MD, Parents Magazine and The National Council for Behavioral Health.

The Child Mind Institute’s Children’s Mental Health Report will officially be released tonight at the Change Maker Awards in New York City. The report and the awards are a part of the Child Mind Institute’s annual public education campaign, Speak Up for Kids, held each May to promote children’s mental health. In its fifth year, the campaign celebrates people making change in children’s mental health and provides accurate information to the media, families, educators and leaders that empowers them to speak up for kids with mental illnesses and learning disorders.

About the Child Mind Institute:

The Child Mind Institute ( is dedicated to transforming mental health care for children everywhere. Founded by Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz and Brooke Garber Neidich, the organization is committed to finding more effective treatments for childhood psychiatric and learning disorders, building the science of healthy brain development, and empowering children and their families with help, hope, and answers. The Child Mind Institute does not accept funding from the pharmaceutical industry.

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Speak Up for Kids partners include:

AASA Superintendent’s Association
Active Minds
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Anxiety and Depression Association of America
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Autism Science Foundation
Avielle Foundation
Common Sense Media
Eye To Eye
Learning Disabilities Association
Mommy Bites
National Council for Behavioral Health
Parents Magazine
Ryan Licht Sang
Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls
The Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
The National Council for Behavioral Health
Tuesday’s Children
Yale Child Study Center
Web MD