I recently read an article discussing the concerning rise in emergency room visits due to mental health issues in young people. It was alarming to read that the number of ER visits due to mental health issues has increase by 70% in the past decade, and that suicide is now the leading cause of death for people aged 10-24 in many countries. These statistics are a stark reminder that we need to take youth mental health seriously.
We must do everything we can to ensure that young people have access to the support they need. This means investing in mental health services, making sure that these services are affordable and accessible, providing mental health education in schools, and encouraging more open conversations about mental health. We must also strive to end the stigma that still exists around mental health issues. Only then will young people feel comfortable seeking help and support.
It is heartbreaking to read about the increasing number of emergency room visits due to mental health issues in young people. Suicide may now being the leading cause of death for those aged 10-24 in many countries. This troubling statistic is a wake-up call that we need to start taking youth mental health seriously.
As adults, it’s important that we do all we can to create an environment in which young people have access to proper mental health services and support. Affordability and accessibility are key components here, as well as providing adequate mental health training in schools and continuing the conversation on mental health. We also need to help normalize these conversations to reduce any stigma attached with seeking help for any type of mental health issue.
With the right resources, kindness, and support from adults, I believe that young people will feel more empowered when it comes to addressing their own mental health well-being.