U.S. Surgeon General Issues Advisory on Youth Mental Health Crisis

The U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy recently issued a new Surgeon General’s Advisory to highlight the urgent need to address the nation’s youth mental health crisis. The U.S. Surgeon General’s Advisory on Protecting Youth Mental Health 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 advisory calls for a swift and coordinated response to this crisis as the nation continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides recommendations that individuals, families, community organizations, technology companies, governments, and others can take to improve the mental health of children, adolescents and young adults.


Surgeon General's Advisories are public statements that call the American people's attention to a public health issue and provide recommendations for how it should be addressed. Advisories are reserved for significant public health challenges that need the American people's immediate attention.

Read the full Surgeon General’s Advisory on Protecting Youth Mental Health - PDF.

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