Acting on the mental health crisis of young people is a medical and moral obligation

Dr. Vivek Murthy, US Surgeon General, has sounded the alarm about the youth mental health crises facing our country, with unprecedented challenges made even more severe by the pandemic. His recent report was as clear as it was dire.

“The unfathomable pandemic-era death toll, pervasive sense of fear, economic instability and forced physical distancing from loved ones, friends and communities have exacerbated the unprecedented stress young people were already under. faced,” Murthy wrote. “Our obligation to act is not just medical – it’s moral.”

Our children are simply coping with the effects of the world in which they are growing up. A global health crisis, massive geopolitical unrest, including war in Ukraine, growing climate concerns, and continued racial and political division in the United States are fueling this decline in the general mental well-being of our young people. Regardless of the intention with which we try to protect our children, they are inevitably affected by these massive forces that influence everyone, everywhere.

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