5.9k Share this
RONKONKOMA, Long Island (WABC) — As the nation grapples with another COVID variant, the U.S. Surgeon General is sounding the alarm about another crisis: the nation’s youth mental health.

The U.S. Surgeon General released a harrowing 53-page report Tuesday about the devastating state of mental health in our nation’s young people.

“The pandemic era’s unfathomable number of deaths, pervasive sense of fear, economic instability, and forced physical distancing from loved ones, friends and communities have exacerbated the unprecedented stresses young people already faced,” Dr. Vivek Murthy wrote.

The report provides recommendations that individuals, families, community organizations, technology companies, governments and others can take to improve the mental health of children, adolescents and young adults.

“It would be a tragedy if we beat back one public health crisis only to allow another to grow in its place. Our obligation to act is not just medical – it’s moral,” Murthy said.

ALSO READ | Exclusive: Sade goes one-on-one with Dr. Jill Biden during first holiday season as First Lady

Long Island clinical psychologist Dr. Stephen Taylor said the long term mental health effects of the pandemic for young people have just started to show themselves.

Taylor said psychological experts learned after 9/11 that post-traumatic stress in young people didn’t manifest until six to 18 months after the traumatic event.

“I don’t think we’re quite done with the trauma,” Taylor said, referring to the pandemic.

Taylor is part of a nonprofit organization called Tru Outreach, which was created last year in response to the mental health crisis caused by the pandemic.

Tru Outreach, based in Ronkonkoma, provides teletherapy mental health services to families and is trying to reach out particularly to underserved communities.

“You can’t find a therapist in certain communities,” Taylor said. “And now, through teletherapy, you don’t need to.”

Rapper 50 Cent recently made a $100,000 donation to Tru Outreach to help in its mission.

“Call us,” Taylor said. “We will get you a therapist. We are not going to say ‘no.'”

To reach Tru Outreach, visit their website truoutreach.org or call 631-522-7997.

You can read the entire U.S. Surgeon General’s report. It includes a vast list of helpful mental health resources for parents, families, organizations and more.

national geographic covid newsletter sign up

MORE CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 COVERAGE


New York City COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker
New Jersey COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on coronavirus
Submit a News Tip or Question

Copyright © 2021 WABC-TV. All Rights Reserved.

Source: This post first appeared on abc7NY

5.9k Share this
You May Also Like

Republicans ‘Very Disappointed’ in Trump’s Mastriano Endorsement

Republicans across Pennsylvania are questioning former President Trump’s last-minute endorsement of State…

Inflation Is ‘Absolutely’ the Most Important Issue for Most People, Not Roe v. Wade

On Friday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) stated…

University graduates have more non-student loan debt than those who didn’t attend, study shows

University students and graduates under 40 have almost TWICE the amount of…

Disney-ABC Drama Paints Parent of Trans Teen as Racist, Teacher as ‘Hero’ Who ‘Gets It’

A recent episode of the ABC drama A Million Little Things featured…

Musk says Twitter deal at lower price is ‘not out of the question’

Elon Musk on Monday fueled speculation he could be seeking to negotiate…

CNN+ Staff Sent Welcome Boxes AFTER $300M Service Collapsed

When the shutters came down on the epic $300 million failure that…

Elon Musk appears stressed and glued to his phone at dinner party

‘The bots are angry at being counted’: Elon Musk says his team…

Finns Call Putin After Russia Cuts Electricity Supplies Amid NATO Spat

(AFP) — Finland on Saturday sought to allay Moscow’s fears about its…