U.S. Surgeon General Issues Advisory on Youth Mental Health Crisis Further Exposed by COVID-19 Pandemic

As a provider of mental health and prevention services for children, LSSI is sharing an advisory report issued by the U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy. An important gift we can give children and youth is one of strong mental health, and the advisory offers practical suggestions for youth and caregivers on ways to improve their mental health.

“Mental health challenges in children, adolescents, and young adults are real and widespread. Even before the pandemic, an alarming number of young people struggled with feelings of helplessness, depression, and thoughts of suicide—and rates have increased over the past decade,” said Dr. Murthy. “The future well-being of our country depends on how we support and invest in the next generation. Especially at this moment, as we work to protect the health of Americans in the face of a new variant, we also need to focus on how we can emerge stronger on the other side. This advisory shows us how we can all work together to step up for our children during this dual crisis.”

Surgeon General's Advisories are public statements that call the American people's attention to a public health issue and provide recommendations for how it should be addressed. Advisories are reserved for significant public health challenges that need the American people's immediate attention.

Read the full Surgeon General’s Advisory on Protecting Youth Mental Health - PDF.