Skip to main content
The Kids Are NOT Alright - Part 1

The Kids Are NOT Alright - Part 1

Collaborative innovation is key to continue to move the needle forward in population health management and making vital shifts in healthcare delivery and care models as a whole. Get the insight, inspiration and motivation to enlist in this transformative movement.

Join open, candid conversations with medical professionals and industry thought leaders on topics such as:

  • Artificial intelligence and its impact on population health
  • Machine learning and the next generation of technology in care management
  • Challenges facing American healthcare
  • And much more!

Listen to the Whiteboard Podcast Series by eQHealth Solutions to gain insights, ideas and concepts that are necessary to discuss for the future health of our national population.


eQHealth is the industry leader in Population Health Management Solutions, delivering high-tech solutions with human-touch service. eQHealth also received the first – and only – CMS-certified care management technology in the United States. Through data-driven strategies combined with compassionate care, eQHealth creates optimal financial outcomes for payers, providers and members with powerful long-term results.


Our healthcare system is woefully unprepared to tackle this enormous issue facing our youth. What exactly are the obstacles standing in the way of accessible mental health? eQHealth Solutions’ Chief Strategy Officer Mayur Yermaneni, hosts a discussion with industry leaders on our first podcast.

Here are some harrowing statistics from the JAMA Pediatrics:

  • Death by suicide in children aged 10-19 increased almost 90% from 2007-2017;
  • 17% of youth have a diagnosable mental health condition – of that 17%, only 49% received treatment;
  • Depression, ADHD, bi-polar disorder and autism spectrum disorder have rapidly increased in youth since 2005.



  1. Curtain, SC. State suicide rates among adolescents and young adults aged 10-24: United States 2000-2018; National Vital Statistics Reports, Vol 69, Number 11, Sept 2020.
  2. Czeisler MÉ , Lane RI, Petrosky E, et al. Mental Health, Substance Use, and Suicidal Ideation During the COVID-19 Pandemic — United States, June 24–30, 2020. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2020;69:1049–1057. DOI:
  3. Hill, RM, Rufino, K, Kurian, S, et al.  Suicide Ideation and Attempts in a Pediatric Emergency Department Before and During COVID-19, Journal of American Academy of Pediatrics, 2021.

“A Growing Problem: Suicide in the United States is the 2nd leading cause of death in youth ages 10-24, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While the U.S. saw rates decline for several years, from 2007 to 2017, the rates almost tripled for pre-teens and steadily increased for older teens. Many of the youth who have attempted suicide have never received previous mental health services, and nearly half of all first-time attempts are fatal. Suicide rates are often a report in the number of Emergency Room visits of attempted suicides that require medical attention and often lag a few years behind. What this data does not tell us is the rate of teens who are thinking about suicide or who have attempted suicide but did not require medical attention.  In 2015, 43 public high schools in Indiana had their students surveyed to gauge how prevalent the rate of suicide is in Hoosier youth. The results showed that over the previous year in the 1,900 students surveyed:

  • 19% had seriously considered attempting suicide
  • 17% had made an actual plan
  • 10% had attempted suicide
  • 4% attempted suicide that required medical attention

While data from Emergency Room visits are still important, this survey highlights how large the problem is overall for our state specifically. It is important to note that while it’s estimated that the impact of COVID-19 may have caused suicide rates to increase, we may not be able to get an accurate picture as more and more people chose to not seek emergency room care - particularly at the start of the pandemic. Regardless, the big question that many have is, what can parents and caregivers do to help?”

  1. Suicide Ideation and Attempts in a Pediatric Emergency Department Before and During COVID-19
    Ryan M. Hill, Katrina Rufino, Sherin Kurian, Johanna Saxena, Kirti Saxena and Laurel Williams
    Pediatrics February 2021, e2020029280; DOI:

Have any questions? Call us toll-free.1-800-720-2578