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Mental Health: Have You Asked Your Children How They Are Doing Today?

I often struggle with the news broadcast or should I just say "always"? It's not a happy place, per say. I mean, most of it is pretty darn depressing. And, "What can I do about it?," are my thoughts sometimes.

Take for instance the overwhelming mental health crisis, which has been on the rise since the pandemic. It's not getting better. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention surveyed 18-24 year olds and found that 63% reported experiencing anxiety and depression, while another report conducted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness reported "50% of all lifetime mental illnesses develop by age 14." Sorrowfully still, at least 10% of those young adults will continue to experience symptoms long after the pandemic is over.

In addition, 80% of college students reported experiencing adverse effects on their mental well-being due to the pandemic (Healthy Minds Network). Sadly, "students of color and low-income students are significantly less likely to seek care when they're experiencing mental health problems due to cost and availability." They are also "the same students who are less likely to persist in higher education and graduate" (Dr. Sarah Lipson, Department of Health Law Policy and Management, Boston University School of Public Health).