CDC: Mental health crises soar among youth in COVID pandemic

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Between March and October 2020, the proportion of mental health-related emergency department visits for children aged 5-11 years and adolescents aged 12-17 years increased substantially compared to 2019, the Centers for Disease Control reported.

Mental health concerns in children may get worse during the pandemic because of disruptions to daily life, anxiety about illness, and social isolation. Compared with 2019, the proportion of mental health–related visits for children aged 5–11 and 12–17 years increased approximately 24%. and 31%, respectively.

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