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Surgeon General Warns of Youth Mental Health Crisis

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December 13, 2021Mental health challenges among American youth are widespread and significantly worse due to the pandemic, writes U.S.

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy in a new advisory issued earlier this month.1The 53-page advisory details alarming trends regarding mental health challenges facing children, adolescents, and young adults, and explains how the pandemic has compounded these problems.

It also outlines steps that individuals, organizations, and institutions can take to recognize and mitigate mental-health threats to young people.The report points to national surveys conducted prior to the pandemic, which show increases in depression, anxiety, and other mental health symptoms in youth.

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