April 24, 2024

Big Brothers Big Sisters gets funding for mental health first aid kit

GREEN BAY – It wasn’t long after the U.S. Surgeon General issued an advisory on the poor state of youth mental health that Monica McClure started seeing more concerned parents turning to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin.

The prevalence of mental health struggles in young people today is much more acute than even a decade ago: 40% more young people described a persistent sadness and hopelessness in recent years when compared to 2009. Young people’s self-worth seems to hang in the balance of their social media presence, according to an advisory from May. And issues like climate change, income inequality, racial injustice, the opioid epidemic and gun violence remain ever-present concerns, according to the report.

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