During a webinar presented by mental health experts from Hoag Hospital’s ASPIRE program to CUSD families, a child psychiatrist shared some recently released statistics on child mental health issues.

Dr. Sina Safahieh, a double-board certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist and medical director of the ASPIRE Program at Hoag in Newport Beach and Irvine, said the statistics are not just “beyond sobering” — they are “catastrophic,” he said.

The ASPIRE Program at Hoag is an intensive outpatient program for adolescents ages 13-17 with primary mental health disorders and possible co-occurring substance abuse challenges.

With close to 250 people tuned into the webinar, Safahieh and Dave Cook, LMFT discussed the warning signs parents need to be aware of and shared information on resources available for parents and guardians to get help.