During the pandemic, there was a 31% increase in the numbers of young people in the younger age group showing up in emergency rooms for psychiatric or mental health concerns. The biggest issues were remote schooling, and the isolation and loneliness experienced during the pandemic compounded by the normal pressures of growing up. Data coming out from the CDC shows around 30% to 40% of our young people in this age group are experiencing depressive symptoms and anxious symptoms.
Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble is an expert in teen, young adult, and family mental health, and is known nationally as a gifted scientist, public speaker, and author. With a primary focus on teens, college students, families, and communities of color, she is recognized for her ability to motivate and inspire by translating complex scientific concepts into everyday language.
This event is jointly sponsored by the Behavioral Health Network, Gándara Center, MLK Family Services, Stop Access Springfield Coalition, and the Public Health Institute of Western MA.