Priyanka Dayal McCluskey’s article on the plight of younger sufferers looking for psychological well being care is each stunning and unsurprising (“Pandemic worsens psychiatric care disaster,” Web page A1, Aug. 8). Kids and adolescents looking for assist with behavioral/emotional/psychological well being points have confronted ready lists for years. Nonetheless, Kristen Sodermans story is appalling. She spent a month in a hospital room, monitored for security, however with no alternative to “course of what she was feeling. Apparently, nobody had time to take a seat with Kristen and hear as she tried to make sense of her expertise. We don’t know if her hospital keep was useful for her or solely discouraging and damaging. We do realize it was costly and didn’t present what she or her household wanted. Absolutely, we will do higher than that.

There are ongoing efforts to increase psychological well being sources for youngsters in Massachusetts. As these efforts go ahead, it’s price asking: What distinction might it make for an individual in Kristen’s scenario to have somebody obtainable on daily basis to hearken to them? Listening, with out making an attempt to diagnose or “deal with,” is a talent and takes some coaching and help. So long as folks with emotional/psychological misery are “caught” in ready conditions, a cadre of listeners is likely to be a worthwhile funding.

Ann Fleck-Henderson


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