Seattle Children’s mental health unit filled past capacity amid pandemic

Seattle Children’s is seeing one or two children admitted for attempted suicide every night.

SEATTLE — Seattle Children’s hospital said its Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit (PBMU) is seeing an unprecedented number of kids facing mental health emergencies.

PBMU Clinical Director Dr. Alysha Thompson said the mental-health system is over-burdened. The unit has 41 beds.

Thompson said before the coronavirus pandemic, the unit was running at or near capacity, but now the hospital’s PBMU overflow space is full, and, in some cases, kids are being put on a waitlist to see professional help.

“Our emergency department has developed a number of pretty

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