More than 20% of children will have a mental health issue at some point in their lives—but parents often don’t recognize or admit their child needs help until an average of 8 years after the first symptoms – frequently when they have reached a state of crisis. Today I speak to Dr Kurt Newman, who is president and CEO of Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and is widely recognized as one of the nation’s best pediatric hospitals. Dr Newman has been a surgeon at Children’s National for over thirty years and is a professor of surgery and paediatrics at George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences. His recently published book Healing Children is the story of his own career and of the brave kids he has treated over the years—and their equally brave and tenacious parents. Anyone who has seen a child recover from a wound or a broken bone knows that kids are made to heal. Their bodies are more resilient, more adaptive, and far more able to withstand acute stress than adults. You can read more about Dr Newman’s book Healing Children here.