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Mental health school supplies in high demand

 

As September quickly approaches, the rush for back-to-school shopping begins. For many families, however, it’s not just pencils and paper they’re adding to the cart.

Rod Sides, Global Leader of Deloitte Insights, says its fall school survey shows that parents are spending more on mental health products this year, such as wellness apps and extracurricular products.

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What Role Does Social Media Use Play in the Youth Mental Health Crisis? Researchers Are Trying to Find Out

Youth mental health is at a crisis point.

In December 2021, the U.S. Surgeon General issued an advisory on youth mental health. A few months later, the chief science officer at the American Psychological Association testified before a Senate committee that America’s youth mental health system was fundamentally flawed. Not only have symptoms of mood disorders, such as depression, increased in teens and children—but manifestations of those diseases, such as emergency room visits and suicides, have as well.

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Losing a parent can derail teens' lives. A high school grief club aims to help

Shortly after Elizabeth George started her freshman year in high school last fall, her parents tested positive for COVID-19. And Elizabeth stepped up to take care of them.

"I was running the house, sort of," says the soft-spoken 15-year-old. "I was giving them medicine, seeing if everyone is OK."

Elizabeth's mother recovered, but her father was hospitalized. He died in September of last year.

His death turned Elizabeth's world upside down. In the weeks that followed, she found herself not wanting to leave her house. "I didn't want to go to school," she says. "I just wanted to stay at home."

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Citing a Mental Health Crisis Among Young People, California Lawmakers Target Social Media

Karla Garcia said her son’s social media addiction started in fourth grade, when he got his own computer for virtual learning and logged on to YouTube. Now, two years later, the video-sharing site has replaced both schoolwork and the activities he used to love — like composing music or serenading his friends on the piano, she said.

“He just has to have his YouTube,” said Garcia, 56, of West Los Angeles.

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