All children deserve equitable access to physical and mental health care. They deserve to receive care when they experience a physical symptom, like a stomach ache, headache, or pink eye, and similarly they deserve to receive care when they experience emotional challenges, like depression, anxiety, or academic stress. Hazel’s mental health services bring therapy to children wherever they are—at school or at home.
Children and teens need support today
Across the country, children are experiencing a crisis of mental health, a crisis that has been brewing for years, but was broadened and amplified by COVID-19. They are experiencing mental health challenges more than ever before, and many are unable to access the care they need. Today, nearly 1 in 5 children has a mental, emotional, or behavioral disorder, but only 20% receive care from a specialized mental health care provider. Often, families who do seek out help are forced to wait up to 6 months for an appointment. Factors like provider shortages, cost, stigma, and other social determinants also introduce challenges and hinder access to services. Without timely access to care, many kids end up with worsening symptoms, often landing in a hospital emergency department.
Partnering with schools to increase access to therapy
Hazel Health partners with school districts across the country to bring mental health services directly to students. By addressing student mental health concerns and facilitating ongoing support, Hazel alleviates the burden on schools that are already stretched thin on time and resources. With Hazel, all consented students can connect directly and easily with locally licensed, culturally competent therapists for evidence-based counseling via telehealth.