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Raising Joy Podcast: When a Child Needs Inpatient Psychiatric Care with Kia Carter, M.D.

Listen to Episode 17 of the Raising Joy podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts. The podcast is part of the JOY Campaign, which launched in April 2021 as a suicide prevention communication initiative, and aims to reach parents through honest conversations about the mental wellbeing of children and teens.

Have you ever found yourself stunned or unable to respond to something your child has said or done? If a child or teen tells you they don’t want to be alive anymore, or that they have a plan to harm themselves, what should you do?

Kia Carter, M.D., medical director of Inpatient Psychiatry at Cook Children’s Medical Center, joins us on episode 17 of Raising Joy to answer this question.

Dr. Carter oversees a 15-bed psychiatry unit at the Rees Jones Behavioral Health Center at Cook Children’s. She also supervises consults on the medical floor, assisting children who are admitted for medical reasons, but also have psychiatric concerns.

In this episode of Raising Joy, Dr. Carter explains when you should take your child to the emergency room for mental health concerns, and what admission into the psychiatry unit is like for the patient and their family.

Raising Joy is part of Cook Children’s Health Care System’s Joy Campaign, a communications initiative aimed at preventing youth suicides. For more information about the Joy Campaign, visit

New episodes of the Raising Joy podcast will be available each Tuesday. It is currently available on all major streaming platforms including Apple, Spotify and Google Podcasts.

About Cook Children's

Cook Children’s Health Care System embraces an inspiring Promise – to improve the health of every child through the prevention and treatment of illness, disease and injury. Based in Fort Worth, Texas, we’re proud of our long and rich tradition of serving our community. Our not-for-profit organization is comprised of nine companies, including our Medical Center, Physician Network, Home Health company, Northeast Hospital, Pediatric Surgery Center, Health Plan, Health Services Inc., Child Study Center and Health Foundation. With more than 60 primary, specialty and urgent care locations throughout Texas, families can access our top-ranked specialty programs and network of services to meet the unique needs of their child. For 100 years, we’ve worked to improve the health of children from across our primary service area of Denton, Hood, Johnson, Parker, Tarrant and Wise counties. We combine the art of caring with leading technology and extraordinary collaboration to provide exceptional care for every child. This has earned Cook Children’s a strong, far-reaching reputation with patients traveling from around the country and the globe to receive life-saving pediatric care. For more information, visit