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U.S. Surgeon General Issues Rare Public Advisory on the Emerging Youth Mental Health Crisis

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Vivek H. Murthy
Vivek H. Murthy

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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  1. Doug

    December 8, 2021 at 8:57 pm

    It’s funny how they manufacture this crisis and then all the aftereffects neatly support the narrative. since the test can’t distinguish between the flu and it’s impossible that the flu dropped 95% we have no idea how many people actually had covid.

    What we do know based on actual science is that the shutdowns and social distancing led to the pandemic being around longer and well as a rise in the deaths and infected by interfering with natural herd immunity. That was the goal. Masks did, and continue to do nothing and what they are attributing to the vaccine is simply herd immunity eventually taking hold.

    So if you supported the shutdowns. If you participated in them. If you went out wearing a mask. Then you personally share in the responsibility of the increase in teen suicide. You personally have blood on your hands if you engaged in any of those behaviors since the science was clear that none of these things were effective from the beginning.

    Claiming that you were simply following the directions of failed bureaucrats disguised as scientists you are still sitting with blood on your hands. Let’s start putting the responsibility directly where it lies. Licensed healthcare worker with 35 years in healthcare.

    • Sonny

      December 9, 2021 at 9:12 am

      You are spot on. Very few think for themselves anymore.

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Biden: ‘We Need More Money to Plan for the Second Pandemic’

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There’s nothing more reassuring than a President telling Americans that no matter how much they are suffering, more is coming.

Biden was asked the question “how many of the nation’s kids will you be able to get vaccinated before you need more money from Congress?”

“We’ll get through at least this year. We, we do need more money. But we don’t just need more money for vaccines for children eventually…”

And then Biden said this harrowing statement: “We need more money to plan for the second pandemic.”

He then emphasizes, “there’s going to be another pandemic. We have to think ahead. And that’s not something the last outfit did very well; that’s something we’ve been doing fairly well” he adds before concluding, “that’s why we need the money.”

 

 

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