Facebook Live: The Youth Mental Health Crisis
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) conducted a Facebook Live event to discuss the nation’s youth mental health crisis. NIMH Deputy Director Shelli Avenevoli, Ph.D., covers 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.