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Violent Acts Spur Call-to-Action on Child and Adolescent Mental Health

New Rochelle, NY, February 20, 2013—The recent tragedy in Newtown, CT has renewed interest across the country in gun control measures, and it should also be a call-to-action to address gaps in mental health care, especially for children and adolescents. The causes and consequences of untreated mental illness in this population is the focus of a timely editorial in Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available on the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology  website.

"America desperately needs a national conversation about mental health—particularly child and adolescent mental health,” says Harold S. Koplewicz, MD, Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, and President, Child Mind Institute, New York, NY. "Stigma, misinformation, and lack of access to care have created a public health crisis that in rare instances erupts in deadly violence toward others."

Limited research focused on the development of innovative, evidence-based treatments is
also contributing to this growing problem. Silence and inaction are contributing factors and result in another type of tragedy, "the marginalization of young people struggling with psychiatric disorders," says Dr. Koplewicz.

About the Journal
Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology is an authoritative peer-reviewed journal published 10 times a year in print and online. The Journal is dedicated to child and adolescent psychiatry and behavioral pediatrics, covering clinical and biological aspects of child and adolescent psychopharmacology and developmental neurobiology. Complete tables of content and a sample issue may be viewed online on the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology website.

About the Publisher
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers is a privately held, fully integrated media company known for establishing authoritative peer-reviewed journals in many promising areas of science and biomedical research, including Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking and Games for Health Journal. Its biotechnology trade magazine, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN), was the first in its field and is today the industry’s most widely read publication worldwide. A complete list of the firm’s 70 journals, books, and newsmagazines is available on the Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers website.