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Experts express alarm over a youth mental health crisis. How are schools & politicians responding?

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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

Josh Godinez, board chair of the California Association of School Counselors and a counselor at Centennial High School in Corona, California


The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 800.273.8255 - someone is always available to talk or chat online

The Trevor Project | For Young LGBTQ Lives - 24/7 talk, chat, or text

US Senate Committee on Finance Hearing - February 15 2022: Protecting Youth Mental Health: Part II - Identifying and Addressing Barriers to Care

KTVU: Black youth suicide rate doubles since 2014, California health department says

EdSource: Peer counseling gains popularity as California schools beef up student mental health services

The New York Times: More Teenage Girls With Eating Disorders Wound Up in the E.R. During the Pandemic

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

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.