The Growing Pediatric Mental Health Crisis | Kansas City MomCast Sponsored Episode

This episode is sponsored by Children’s Mercy Kansas City.

Children’s Mercy Kansas City sees roughly 24 children in its emergency rooms every day for a mental health crisis, and more than 3,000 children and teens were assessed just last year for a mental health need. In response to this growing need, Children’s Mercy Kansas City is investing $150 million into a new pediatric mental health initiative. Dr. Sarah Beals-Erickson, Director of Psychology Services and Clinical Psychologist at Children’s Mercy Kansas City is here to discuss their new initiative and the ways they are addressing this need in our community.

Meet Dr. Sarah Beals-Erickson

Sarah Beals-Erickson, PhD, is a pediatric psychologist at Children’s Mercy Kansas City. She serves as the Director of Psychology Services for the DAY (Depression and Anxiety in Youth) Clinic where she specializes in providing therapy to KC teens with anxiety and depression. A long-time Kansan, she earned her undergraduate and doctoral degrees from the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk!).



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Megan Coffey
Hi! I'm Megan, former teacher turned stay-at-home-but-never-home mom to Peyton, 7, and Gage, 4. I host the Kansas City MomCast podcast! I'm married to the most patient person on this earth, Chris, and we live in Overland Park with our kids, an insane lab, and two guinea pigs. You can find me over committing to everything, reading informational and self-help texts, listening to podcasts, organizing, spending time with friends over margaritas, thrifting, and staying up way too late to have peace and serenity. I love people and hearing their stories and look forward to connecting with KCMC readers!