The coronavirus pandemic intensified a rise in adolescent depression, anxiety, and mental health distress that was underway before the spring of 2020.
Regardless of the headline, our children are at risk now more than ever.
This should not come as a shock to anyone. Fear, anxiety, depression, freedom of movement, being a kid, masks, social distancing, zoom, lack of socialization, lack of ability to see nonverbal communication(like a smile), lunchrooms with plexiglass between students, no singing, reduced or no sports, online learning, early childhood development, vaccine shaming, quarantine, job loss, isolation, cyberbullying, parental stress, violence, MSM, should I go on?
The United States surgeon general on Tuesday warned that young people are facing “devastating” mental health effects as a result of the challenges experienced by their generation, including the coronavirus pandemic.
The message came as part of a rare public advisory from the nation’s top physician, Dr. Vivek H. Murthy, in a 53-page report noting that the pandemic intensified mental health issues that were already widespread by the spring of 2020.
The report cited significant increases in self-reports of depression and anxiety along with more emergency room visits for mental health issues. In the United States, emergency room visits for suicide attempts rose 51 percent for adolescent girls in early 2021 as compared to the same period in 2019. The figure rose 4 percent for boys.
Source: NY Times
Please pay attention and don't think it can't be my kid. It's a lot for adults to handle now, consider our children. Please seek help if you need it. No stigma.