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News: State Launches Online Chat For Parents Seeking Child Mental Health Support

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources launched a new online resource to help parents and caregivers confidentially seek mental health support for their children.  

There has been an uptick in child mental health issues spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic. A recent report showed nationwide, from 2016 to 2021, youth mental health inpatient admissions rose 61 percent and emergency department visits rose 20 percent.