In a rare move, the U.S. Surgeon General issued a public health advisory warning of the emerging youth mental health crisis. The 53-page advisory was released Tuesday by Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy.
Murthy says the emerging crisis has been exacerbated by pandemic hardships. Not only are symptoms of depression and anxiety skyrocketing, so are displays of negative emotions and behavior.
“Advisories are reserved for significant public health challenges that need the nation’s immediate awareness and action” the document states, in an attempt to demonstrate the severity of the warning.
The document goes on to call for a broad-based and rapid response from the government, social media companies, community groups, schools, teachers, parents and even students – and listed resources available to them.
Depression and anxiety have doubled, with an entire 25% of youth experiencing depressive symptoms and 20% experiencing anxiety symptoms. Negative emotions or behaviors like impulsivity and irritability are also increasing.
The advisory notes that the pandemic-related safety measures which reduced in-person interactions among children friends, social supports and professionals such as teachers, school counselors, pediatricians and child welfare workers resulted in isolation which made it “harder to recognize signs of child abuse, mental health concerns and other challenges.”
While children of all backgrounds have always faced and are at risk for mental health challenges, the nearly two years of disruption from the pandemic “took a toll and worsened their mental health – especially for such groups as immigrants, students with disabilities and students of color from low-income families.”
Also, many students of all ages and levels are having trouble adjusting when in-person schooling resumes.
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Huge protests erupt in China in defiance of the Chinese Communist Party’s Covid-19 lockdowns
Much of the world is getting on with life and attempting to recover any of the horrendous damage caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic. However, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has just imposed even more Covid-19 lockdowns sparking unrest.
Chinese citizens are banning together to protest yet another round of strict covid protocols and lockdowns suffocating their freedom.
In Shanghai, citizens chanted against President Xi Jinping’s rule, according to CNN. Chants “Xi Jinping, step down” and “Communist party, step down” were chanted. Some protesters held up blank sheets of paper to symbolize resistance against the Chinese government.
One social media user explained the black sheets of paper: “We don’t need to write anything on it. It is a symbol of the revolution of the people.”
An apartment fire in Urumqi, the capital of the far western region of Xinjiang, killed ten people and injured nine last week. The incident triggered “the most recent wave of unrest” because “it was believed that the mobility restrictions in the area either trapped the residents or slowed the dispatch of emergency services” reports National Review.
Various universities including in Shanghai, Beijing, and Nanjing, saw huge crowds of students who honored the victims and denounced China’s zero-Covid-19 policy and strict control measures.
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