As suicide rates rise among children, Surgeon General urges politicians to create more resources for those in need

The Department of Health and Human Services has joined a series of other officials in warning about the rapidly growing number of young people who are struggling with mental illness. Earlier this month, the…

As suicide rates rise among children, Surgeon General urges politicians to create more resources for those in need

The Department of Health and Human Services has joined a series of other officials in warning about the rapidly growing number of young people who are struggling with mental illness. Earlier this month, the Departments of Justice and Education revealed that “about 3.7 million young people ages 11 to 25 are struggling with suicidal thoughts, and 1 in 5 young people reported they had considered suicide in the past year.”

“The number of people who are reaching out for help and getting it is growing,” Dr. Jerome Adams, the surgeon general, told a group of reporters on Monday in discussing a new report on the state of mental health for youth. “You cannot count on the young person who is comfortable sharing their story to be able to move the needle.”

He went on to warn that more resources are necessary to combat the crisis, and it should not be perceived as a privilege for only the elderly and the well-off. “The fact is we need to understand this isn’t just going to be an elderly problem. We have a generation that’s struggling,” he said. “Because we get that text message saying their daughter is cutting her wrists, they think maybe it’s a problem for their grandchildren. We need to be asking and serving that community, too.”

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