Daily Independent Article; Phoenix, AZ
After more than a year of surviving the hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic, the epidemic of suicide in children has risen dramatically. Last year alone, 7,000 teens in the U.S. have died by suicide. Problems with access to health care, economic struggles and the stigmas associated with mental illness and seeking support put teens at a higher risk of depression, anxiety and suicide. Knowing that the effects of COVID-19 can exacerbate these issues, there are a few things parents can do to check in on their children’s mental health.