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and treatment of mental illnesses.

Facebook Live: The Youth Mental Health Crisis

Date and Time

August 11, 2022
1:00–1:30 p.m. ET




Many of the nation’s youth are experiencing increased stress and other mental health challenges, including symptoms of anxiety and depression. Some children have been more affected than others—for example, research shows that children from minoritized and underserved communities hardest hit by the pandemic likely feel the most significant impacts. The cumulative effects of these stressful experiences, especially if combined with other adverse childhood experiences, can pose serious risks to a child’s mental health.

As children prepare to return to school during these uncertain times, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is conducting a Facebook Live event to discuss the nation’s youth mental health crisis. NIMH Deputy Director Shelli Avenevoli, Ph.D., will cover topics such as the alarming rate of youth suicide, the effects of technology and the pandemic on the developing brain, and what the research says about supporting the mental health of current and future generations of youth.


No registration is required for this free event. Watch the live event on NIMH’s Facebook page.

More Information

  • A Facebook account is not required to watch, but it is to ask questions.
  • The event will be archived on NIMH’s website and Facebook page so you can access it after the event is over.
  • NIMH will provide sign language interpreters.

Note: NIMH experts cannot provide specific medical advice or referrals. Please consult with a qualified health care provider for diagnosis, treatment, and answers to your personal questions. If you need help finding a provider, visit If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. Call or text 988; Llame al 988 (para ayuda en español).