The Senate Committee on Finance announced a hearing, to be held this month, on youth mental health and has invited the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, to attend. The Surgeon General issued an advisory in December on Protecting Youth Mental Health. The Advisory describes a decade-long increase of mental health challenges for youth and highlights the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of children, adolescents, and young adults. Further, the Surgeon General issued recommendations to improve the mental health of youth through a “whole-of-society effort,” including actions and tools to recognize mental health challenges, educate, empower and promote access to high-quality mental healthcare. A date has not been set for the hearing.
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