Experts express alarm over a youth mental health crisis. How are schools & politicians responding?
On this edition of Your Call, we continue our series on mental health by discussing the unprecedented crisis facing young people.
Even before the pandemic, suicide was the second leading cause of death for youth ages 10-24. Since the pandemic, the rates of young people dealing with depression and suicide have gotten worse. Mental health emergency room visits rose dramatically during the pandemic and have remained high, particularly for girls.
How are schools, community organizations, and politicians responding?
Dr. Sharon Hoover, Ph.D., professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, co-director of the National Center for School Mental Health, and director of the National Center for Safe Supportive Schools
Dr. Susan Wilkens, Ph.D., licensed psychologist based in San Francisco, California
US Senate Committee on Finance Hearing - February 15 2022: Protecting Youth Mental Health: Part II - Identifying and Addressing Barriers to Care
The Washington Post: ‘The stigma is winning’: Parents strain to juggle jobs and their kids’ mental health
Hopeful Futures Campaign: America’s School Mental Health Report Card