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Mental Health Issues in Indiana Youth: Not the Typical Teen Angst

Experts say Hoosier children are facing a health crisis, with almost 20 percent experiencing mental health challenges.

President and CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute, Bill Stanczykiewicz, says many are not getting the care necessary to help them deal with those issues.

And even more concerning, he says that 19 percent of Indiana students have contemplated suicide - the highest rate in the nation.

Stanczykiewicz says the best prevention and detection of mental health challenges happens through relationships at home, at school, and at community organizations.

The State Commission on Improving the Status of Children, listed undiagnosed and untreated mental illness as top concerns among Hoosier youth.