The Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA hope that you and your family are staying safe and well during this challenging time.
U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy has issued a new advisory report to highlight the urgent need to address the nation’s youth mental health crisis. It outlines the pandemic’s unprecedented impacts on the mental health of America’s youth and families, as well as the mental health challenges that existed long before the pandemic.
The CDC reports:
Up to 1 in 5 children ages 3 to 17 in the U.S. have a mental, emotional, developmental, or behavioral disorder
From 2009 to 2019, the share of high school students who reported persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness increased by 40%, to more than 1 in 3 students
Suicidal behaviors among high school students also increased during the decade preceding COVID, with 19% seriously considering attempting suicide, a 36% increase from 2009 to 2019
The Friends are working to address this youth and community mental health crisis by:
Presenting the Open Mind Community Lecture and Film series, free to the public, to raise awareness and erase the stigma of illnesses of the mind and brain.
Supporting early career neuroscientists through our Friends Research Scholar Program, and our newly established Friends of The Semel Institute Chair for junior faculty
Engaging Los Angeles County high school students through our newly launched Open Mind Film Festival for mental health
To continue our commitment to support mental health education and research to meet today’s critical mental health challenges, we need your help! If you haven’t already done so, it’s not too late to make your 100% tax-deductible donation today.
In closing, we remain grateful for all the support you have provided our organization. We wish you and your family a safe and healthy New Year.
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