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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
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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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Internal docs show Amazon censored books on vaccinations due to pressure from Biden White House

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Recently released internal Amazon emails reveal the company caved to pressure from the Biden White House to suppress available vaccine information.

Provided to the House Judiciary Committee, the emails light on the extent of the Biden White House’s influence over the retail giant regarding vaccine-related content. The emails disclose a concerning narrative of pressure from government officials to suppress information deemed unfavorable to their agenda.

Republican Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio took to Twitter to disclose the findings, stating that the emails reveal direct pressure from the White House on Amazon to censor books expressing views contrary to those endorsed by the administration. One email, albeit redacted, explicitly poses the question of whether the administration requested the removal of certain books, to which the answer was affirmative.

National Review highlights the successful efforts of the Biden administration in persuading Amazon to limit the visibility of titles skeptical of vaccine efficacy. White House senior adviser for Covid-19 response, Andrew Slavitt, expressed concerns about Amazon’s role in propagating what he termed as “misinformation” regarding vaccines. His emails illustrate a push for action to address what he perceived as a proliferation of dissenting views.

In response to Slavitt’s inquiries, Amazon initially hesitated to take overt action, fearing backlash from conservative media outlets. The company’s internal deliberations reflect a concern for public perception and the potential amplification of the issue if intervention were too conspicuous.

Despite initially refraining from manual intervention, Amazon eventually succumbed to pressure, engaging in discussions with White House officials. The company’s internal documents reveal deliberations on whether the administration sought outright book bans or alterations to search results. Amazon’s stance, as expressed in their meeting with the White House, emphasized the provision of diverse viewpoints and the distinction between online retail and social media platforms.

 

 

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