“Mental health challenges in children, adolescents, and young adults are real, and they are widespread. But most importantly, they are treatable, and often preventable.”
“It would be a tragedy if we beat back one public health crisis only to allow another to grow in its place,” U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy wrote in an advisory published on Tuesday. “Mental health challenges in children, adolescents, and young adults are real, and they are widespread. But most importantly, they are treatable, and often preventable.”
Combined with an uptick in gun violence, a reckoning on racial justice, a climate emergency and a divisive political landscape, the coronavirus-related hardships have taken a toll on young Americans’ mental health at a time when it was already in decline. More people seeking help have strained the ability of practitioners to provide treatment, underscoring, experts say, the need to radically change how mental health is addressed in the United States.
For young people across the country, the pandemic has taken away milestone events and the semblance of normal life. Professors speaking from their screens supplant in-person classes. Watching players tumble behind a ball on the television replaces football games at packed stadiums. Gatherings have become smaller, confined to a bubble of friends. Study abroad, a lingering question.
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