Kids and adolescents deserve the same level of mental health care that adults normally get, according to Dr. Tonmoy Sharma, CEO of Sovereign Health. Dr. Sharma touched on the subject during his talk at The Telehealth Capital Connection in May 2017, where he emphasized the importance of providing children the best behavioral attention possible.
At the same gathering, Dr. Sharma said children would be best served if mental care professionals are up to the job. He unpacked the qualifications for the critical task as having “a core understanding of special applications and policies,” relating to pediatric care with a focus on sound mental health both for young kids and teenagers.
The Sovereign CEO insisted that delaying mental care for children is not an option. The problem must be acknowledged so the best form of solutions can be deployed the soonest, added the behavioral treatment specialist.
The Importance Of Behavioral And Mental Care For Children
Dr. Sharma reported that behavioral struggles among children had been observed as early as preschool and elementary ages. These problems are likely to interfere with these young kids’ lives at school, and they are at a loss on how to cope with the ensuing complications.
That’s because “75 to 80 percent of children and youth in need of mental health services do not receive them,” according to Dr. Sharma.
He added that the figures are worrisome since children are forced to deal with the stigma by resorting to escape mechanisms. “People with mental health problems are much more likely to turn to using drugs and alcohol to escape the stigma of their disease,” Dr. Sharma warned.
Fearing that the existing problems will only give birth to new ones, Dr. Sharma called on the conference attendees to prioritize treatment for kids and teenagers with speed. He explained that these young persons, when left unattended and uncared for, will become a bigger problem for society.
“Children and adolescents with mental health problems have lower educational achievement, greater involvement with the criminal justice system, and fewer stable and longer-term placements in the child welfare system than their peers,” the Sovereign chief told the conference.
These problems, however, can be avoided as Dr. Sharma reminded that solutions are readily available.
“One in 5 children and youth have a diagnosable mental health disorder … When treated, they fare better at home, in schools, and in their communities,” said the doctor as he pointed to the best option that the authorities and medical professionals can use.
Sovereign Health Ready To Do The Work
Dr. Sharma’s Sovereign Health is a national behavioral health system that operates treatment centers in California, Arizona, Florida, Texas, and Utah. Strict state regulations cleared these facilities to handle patients, and they benefit from Dr. Sharma’s expertise that was widely acknowledged in the United States, Europe, and Southeast Asia.
Sovereign Health is adequately equipped to provide specialty care for patients in all age brackets, assures the company CEO.