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Young people discuss solutions to the worsening mental health crisis

South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations

On this edition of Your Call, we speak with young activists about the worsening mental health crisis among children and teenagers in the US.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people between the ages of 10 and 14 and the third leading cause of death among people between the ages of 15 and 24, according to the CDC. More than 60 percent of young people with major depression do not receive any mental health treatment, according to Mental Health America.

A report from the surgeon general’s office also warns that social media is a main contributor to depression, anxiety and other mental health issues among teenagers.

What will it take to get young people the help they need?


Carmen Ayala, former peer counselor and recent graduate of Pomona High School

Charlotte Rosario, high school junior at The Nueva School in San Mateo, California, founder of The Community Photobooth, youth council member for the National Alliance for Mental Illness, and director of the documentary, It’s Time We Talk About It

Terry Delaney, 16-year-old student at Nueva High School in San Mateo, youth mental health activist, and subject of It’s Time We Talk About It

Web Resources:

CBS News: Inside America's youth mental health crisis

CBS News: Children languish in emergency rooms awaiting mental health care

CBS News: Stanford soccer star's tragic death intensifies attention on mental health

CDC: The Mental Health of Minority and Marginalized Young People: An Opportunity for Action

The Washington Post: The US Needs Five Times as Many Child Psychiatrists

Scientific American: To Solve the LGBTQ Youth Mental Health Crisis, Our Research Must Be More Nuanced

Los Angeles Times: Amid a youth mental health crisis, teens help one another

NBC: Social media is driving teen mental health crisis, surgeon general warns

Spectrum News: Pomona students revolutionize mental health with peer counseling program

Bee Soll is a producer with Your Call at KALW, and a producer, writer, and editor at KCBS Radio in San Francisco. She is a former reporter for Crosscurrents and contributor at KPFA Radio.
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.