The Crisis of Children’s Mental Health: A Call to Action

Tami Benton, MD is the Frederick Allen Professor of Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She is the Psychiatrist-in-Chief and Chair of Psychiatry at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and Chief of the Division of Child Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a distinguished fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She mentors clinical and research physicians, fellows, and post-doctoral trainees, many of whom are minority scholars, academic faculty members and community leaders. She directs the Child and Adolescent Mood Program and the Youth Suicide Prevention Center at CHOP, a multidisciplinary clinical and research program focused on depression and suicide among children and adolescents, with an emphasis upon minority youth. She was recently awarded the Shelly Leaphart-Williams Community Outreach Award by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Humanitarian Award by the Society of Biological Psychiatry in 2020, The McGavin award for advocacy by the American Psychiatric Association, The Virginia Q Anthony Women’s leadership award and the Jeanne Spurlock Award for Leadership in Diversity and Culture by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is the President Elect for The American Association of Directors of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry the President Elect of The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (2023). Dr. Benton’s career has been dedicated to developing leadership for a diverse child psychiatry workforce. Her mission- preparing the next generation of diverse physician leaders in pediatric healthcare and mental health and creating partnerships between communities and academic centers, will be critical for eliminating disparities in health care.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the prevalence and impacts of pediatric mental health conditions
  2. List existing barriers to access to mental health treatment
  3. Develop action plans for addressing the crisis of children’s mental health


This seminar was delivered as a Pediatric Grand Rounds Lecture at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, on March 9, 2022.

Content Disclaimer

The Terms of Use and Privacy Policy set forth on the website of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia apply to any and all uses of and access to this site and the content found here.

The work presented in the presentations, videos, and other content on this site (“Presentations”) includes publicly available medical evidence, a consensus of medical practitioners, and/or opinions of individual practitioners that may differ from consensus opinions. These Presentations are intended only to provide general information and need to be adapted for each specific patient based on the practitioner’s professional judgment, consideration of any unique circumstances, the needs of each patient and their family, the availability of various resources at the health care institution where the patient is located, and other factors. The Presentations are not intended to constitute medical advice or treatment, nor should they be relied upon as such. The Presentations are not intended to create a doctor-patient relationship between/among The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, its physicians and the individual patients in question. The information contained in these Presentations are general in nature, and do not and are not intended to refer to specific patients.

CHOP, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation and its or their affiliates, the authors, presenters, practitioners, editors, and others associated with the creation of the Presentations (“CHOP”) are not responsible for errors or omissions in the Presentations; for any outcomes a patient might experience where a clinician reviewed one or more such Presentations in connection with providing care for that patient; and/or for any and all third party content on the site or in the Presentations. CHOP makes no warranty, expressed or implied, with respect to the currency, completeness, applicability or accuracy of the Presentations. Application of the information in or to a particular situation remains the professional responsibility of the practitioner who is directly treating the patient.

To the extent that the Presentations include information regarding drug dosing, in view of ongoing research, changes in government regulations and the constant flow of information relating to drug therapy and drug reactions, the viewer should not rely on the Presentation content, but rather is urged to check the package insert for each drug for indications, dosage, warnings and precautions.

Some drugs and medical devices presented in the Presentations have United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for limited use in restricted research settings. It is the responsibility of the practitioner to ascertain the FDA status of each drug or device planned for use in their clinical practice.

You shall indemnify, defend and hold harmless CHOP, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation, and its/their current and former employees, officers, and agents, trustees, and their respective successors, heirs and assigns (“Indemnitees”) against any claims, liability, damage, loss or expenses (including attorneys’ fees and expenses of litigation) in connection with any claims, suits, actions, demands or judgments arising directly or indirectly out of your reference to or use of the Presentations.

The Presentations are protected by copyright laws and in some cases patent laws, and all rights are reserved under such laws. No part of the Presentations may be reproduced in any form by any means, or utilized in any other way, absent prior written permission from the copyright owner.


By starting this module, you agree to our Content Disclaimer and Terms of Service.


Course Includes

  • 1 Lesson
  • Course Certificate
Don't have a CHOP OPEN account?
Click “Login to Enroll” below to register for free.