Teen mental health: ABC13 town hall will focus on the crisis facing high school students in Texas

HOUSTON, TX (KTRK) — If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-8255. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also text HOME to 741741 to connect with an advisor from anywhere in the United States.

After more than two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, our teens are now facing a new crisis: rising mental health issues.

The Centers for Disease Control reported in a recent survey that 44% of high school students said they constantly felt sad and hopeless to the point that it prevented them from participating in normal teenage activities. That’s more than one in three teenagers.

Nine percent have even considered suicide.

Eyewitness News anchor Gina Gaston gathers experts for a town hall Thursday at 7 p.m. to highlight how the pandemic has only worsened the existing mental health crisis facing teens in Texas and to put you in contact with resources that could save lives.

Thursday’s town hall panelists are:

  • State Representative Dan Huberty, Texas House Education Committee
  • Glenda Demas, LPC, CNC, PsyD. NAMI Greater Houston Board Member
  • Jia Wong, MS, Center for Healing Arts and Sciences
  • Khalil Piatti, teen mental health advocate
  • Dr. Layla Salek, Child Behaviorist
  • Dr. Roberta Scott, Director of Social-Emotional Learning at Houston ISD

CDC data shows that one in five children suffers from a mental disorder, but only 20% of them have been able to benefit from mental health care.

A 2020 NAMI Greater Houston report shows Texas ranks 50 out of 51 for overall access to mental health care.

From March to October 2020, mental health ED visits increased by 24% for young children aged 5 to 11, and were even worse for children aged 12 to 17, whose ED visits increased by 31%.

Much of the mental pain children experience is due to what happened at home, as parents struggle with job loss, isolation, the need to manage their child’s education and sometimes their own poor health or the death of a loved one due to COVID-19[FEMININE

Avant la pandémie, les données du CDC montraient que seulement 14 % des enfants âgés de 14 à 17 ans disaient avoir été abusés émotionnellement. De 2020 à 2021, ce nombre a grimpé à 55 % des enfants interrogés.

Un autre 11 % des enfants ont déclaré avoir subi des violences physiques à la maison au cours de la même période, contre 5,5 % avant la pandémie.

Les téléspectateurs peuvent regarder la mairie partout où ils diffusent Eyewitness News, y compris sur Roku et Fire TV. Recherchez simplement “ABC13 Houston”.

Si vous ou quelqu’un que vous connaissez êtes en crise, appelez la National Suicide Prevention Lifeline au 1-800-273-TALK (8255) ou contactez la Crisis Text Line en envoyant un SMS HOME au 741741. Vous pouvez joindre Trans Lifeline au 877-565-8860 (États-Unis) ou 877-330-6366 (Canada) et The Trevor Project au 866-488-7386. La ligne d’assistance en santé mentale COVID-19 du Texas Health and Human Services peut être contactée au 833-986-1919.

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