This week a coalition of leading experts in pediatric health issued a dire warning about the current mental health crisis impacting our children. They went so far as to call it a national emergency.
"This worsening crisis in child and adolescent mental health is inextricably tied to the stress brought on by COVID-19 and the ongoing struggle for racial justice and represents an acceleration of trends observed prior to 2020," the declaration from the pediatric groups says.
According to the NPR article written by Deepa Shivaram dated 10/20/21, "suicide has become the second leading cause of death for 10-24 year olds. Between February to March of this year, emergency department visits for suspected suicide attempts were up 51% for girls ages 12 to 17, according to data released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention".