More Teens Are Struggling with Self-Harm and Suicidal Thoughts

There is a teenage mental health crisis climbing in our country. The U.S. surgeon general has called it an ‘urgent public health crisis’ – a devastating decline in the mental health of kids across the country.

According to the CDC, the rates of suicide, self harm, anxiety and depression are up among adolescents – a trend that began before the pandemic.

 

60 Minutes recently aired a chilling episode sharing the crisis many parents are facing with their adolescents since the pandemic. According to the CDC, hospital admissions data shows the number of teenage girls who have been suicidal has increased 50% nationwide since 2019.

 

There are lots of theories on why – social media, increased screen time and isolation —  however it doesn’t diminish the fact of the lack of resources families are facing when trying to find help.

 

Watch this segment and share with a friend. Learn more about how residential treatment can help your loved one if you’ve exhausted your local resources — it’s important to be proactive in getting our next generation the mental health services they need.

 

Read the transcript.

 

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