The Need

Behavioral Health Disorders on the Rise

In Georgia and across the nation, the percentage of American youth with behavioral health disorders rose significantly in the last fifteen years, including major depression, serious psychological distress, and suicidal thoughts.

of the 386,700 Georgia middle and high school students who completed 2022’s Georgia Student Health Survey, reported anxiety or fear got in the way of their daily activities in the last 30 days.
Georgia middle and high school students reported seriously considering harming themselves in the past 12 months.
of Georgia kids who need behavioral or mental health services have trouble finding them, according to the National Survey of Children’s Health. That means that almost half of the 515,491 kids (3-17 years old) in Georgia looking for help may go without critical care.