“Parents are overwhelmed,” she said. “When you first get the diagnosis, you get hit with that mourning stage. You get hit in the guts so hard, and in this town finding services and getting them to work together is hard.”
According to data from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 4 million children and adolescents in the United States deal with a serious mental disorder that causes significant functional impairments at home, school or with peers. Twenty percent of children between the ages of 13 and 18 have experienced a severe mental disorder in the past year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.