The Youth Mental Health Crisis Is Real, but Teachers Can’t Solve It Alone

From The Hill:  “The U.S. surgeon general this month issued a stark warning about the state of mental health among America’s youth. Citing mounting evidence that the COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to social isolation, feelings of hopelessness and self-harm among adolescents, his public health advisory urged immediate action to support young people’s mental health and well-being.

As professionals who work closely with schools, community organizations and young people, we’ve been sounding the alarm on this looming crisis since the beginning of the pandemic — so we welcome the surgeon general’s warning and call to action.

Yet we worry that the response to this crisis will fail to address its root causes, or will simply ask already overstretched schools and teachers to take on yet another massive challenge. The truth is, the responsibility of supporting young people’s well-being falls on all of us, regardless of what we do or where we live.

Teenagers in school hallway with notebooks and smartphones.

2 COMMENTS

  1. “The U.S. surgeon general this month issued a stark warning about the state of mental health among America’s youth. Citing mounting evidence that the COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to social isolation, feelings of hopelessness and self-harm among adolescents,”

    Wasn’t “severing relationships” the goal of “social distancing,” “mask mandates,” closing schools, churches, businesses, and forcing everyone to stay in their homes?

    “Yet we worry that the response to this crisis will fail to address its root causes.” Well, since the industries that bill utilizing the DSM have a systemic problem of not caring about the root causes of people distress, most certainly those industries should not be put in charge.

    I’ve got an idea, let’s end the “social distancing,” “mask mandates,” and forcing everyone to stay at home crap, that is causing all this legitimate distress in our children. Let’s also end all the Covid fear mongering.

    “Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)” Wise words from a founding father.

    • I feel I need to add that stating the COVID epidemic contributing to isolation, feelings of hopelessness and self-harm seems to completely undermine the idea that these “mental disorders” are caused biologically. Seems the professionals are talking out of both sides of their mouths here.

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