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April 2022Vol. 23, No. 3Surgeon General's Advisory: Protecting Youth Mental Health

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released an advisory from the Surgeon General on how to mitigate mental health challenges among children, adolescents, and young adults. The advisory focuses on the widespread mental health challenges young people face, which have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 epidemic. It provides recommendations for both individual action and systemic reform through actionable steps and provides additional resources for various professionals, companies, and organizations. It also highlights risk factors for mental health challenges—including experiencing trauma; being a youth who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, or other diverse identity; or being involved with child welfare—and where additional research is needed.

Read the full advisory, Protecting Youth Mental Health: The U.S. Surgeon General's Advisory, for more details.