Addressing the Mental Health Crisis Among Young People: Building a Safe and Supportive Community
In recent years, there has been a growing concern regarding the mental health of young people. Rates of depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders have been increasing, and many young individuals are struggling to cope with the pressures of modern life. To address this issue, Governor Newsom released a proclamation declaring May 1-7 as "Children's Mental Health Awareness Week" this year, acknowledging the importance of raising awareness about children's mental health. It is noteworthy that mental health issues are the primary cause of hospitalization for children under 18 in California. A study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that nearly 3 in 5 U.S. teenage girls felt persistently sad or hopeless in 2021, representing a nearly 60% increase over the last decade.