The Youth Mental Health Crisis Needs Our Attention

The Youth Mental Health Crisis Needs Our Attention

The headlines are difficult to ignore these days.

One cannot help but feel a bit of anxiety when consuming the state of our affairs in the news — war, climate, and the economy. So you may turn to social media instead for an escape? Perhaps consuming manicured images or videos of travel, food, and design can help you feel less anxious.

We forget though that this constant intake of information, regardless of the attributes, can be an overload that can further create stress.As adults, we have had some years of practice to regulate and gate our emotions and thoughts from our daily intake of information, but yet, more of us are overwhelmed than ever before.

According to an American Psychiatric Association study at the end of 2022, 37% of Americans rated their mental health being fair or poor, up from 31% the year before.

If the adults are feeling this way, what about our children?
This brings me to the topic of our kids. How are they to navigate amidst our current state of affairs? Our children have had information overload coming out of the pandemic in addition to the constant change in their routines with school closures.

The Surgeon General has described mental health as the “defining public health crisis of our time” and made a mission to address the health crisis that is defining a generation.

A recent CDC reportTrusted Source showed the alarming increased statistics of Emergency Department-related visits associated with mental health diagnoses — anxiety, eating disorders, depression, etc.

The call to action for many in the healthcare space is to advocate for solutions that help to prevent, identify, and address these issues in our youths before they are in crisis mode.

I wholeheartedly agree with this approach so that we can bring the right resources to improve the infrastructure for education and literacy, access improvement, and programming development.

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