The pandemic increased mental health problems among adolescents in the United States, mainly issues such as anxiety and depression. This is even more dramatic when one analyzes the barriers that this population group has within indigenous youth, people of color or LGBTQ+.
Therefore, the current administration has developed alternatives such as Connecting Children to Coverage, Strengthening Quality of Care, Dedicating American Rescue Plan Funds to Youth Mental Health, enhancing Access to Youth Behavioral Health Services Across the Continuum, Supporting Student Mental Health with American Rescue Plan Resources, among others to allow this vital health aspect among Americans to be treated effectively.
“In 2020, there was a 24 percent increase in emergency room visits for mental health reasons for children ages 5 through 11, and a more than 30 percent increase in visits for those between 12 and 17 years old.”
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