On October 19, 2021, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Children’s Hospital Association issued a declaration that children’s mental health had become a “national emergency.” The U.S. Surgeon General followed on December 7 with his own 53-page advisory on the dire state of youth mental health. Mental health challenges are rising among kids, which seems to be due to a perfect storm of increasing mental health challenges before the pandemic and a highly disruptive pandemic.

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