Children’s Mental Health Emergency Drives Local Nonprofit’s Suicide Prevention Campaign In Time for the Holidays
DECEMBER 15, ORLANDO – While the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted everyone’s collective mental health over the past 19 months, it has had particularly devastating effects on children and young adults according to a new government report released last week by the U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, M.D.
This new advisory cites research suggesting one in four young people globally have experienced depressive symptoms during the pandemic, and one in five have experienced anxiety symptoms. It points out that suspected suicide attempts rose dramatically among teenage girls and slightly among teenage boys in early 2021, compared to early 2019.