The Surgeon General’s Advisory on Protecting Youth Mental Health outlines a series of recommendations to improve youth mental health across eleven sectors, including young people and their families, educators and schools, and media and technology companies. Topline recommendations include Increasing timely data collection and research to identify and respond to youth mental health needs more rapidly. Recommendation from this report include:
1. Remember that mental health challenges are real, common, and treatable.
2. Ask for help.
3. Invest in healthy relationships.
4. Find ways to serve.
5. Learn and practice techniques to manage stress and other difficult emotions.
6. Take care of your body and mind.
7. Be intentional about your use of social media, video games, and other technologies.
8. Be a source of support for others.
The report encourages more research on the relationship between technology and youth mental health, and technology companies should be more transparent with data and algorithmic processes to enable this research. Learn more about how cliexa-OPTIONS supports this important research.
Another area of concern with youth mental health is the relationship between high potency THC and severe mental health challenges such as schizophrenia, depression, and suicide. When teens experiment with THC products that are readily available, they may not be aware of their own genetic predisposition to depression or anxiety, and even schizophrenia. Using products with high potency THC may change their lives forever, even with the first use.
In her new book, The Dangerous Truth About Today’s Marijuana: Johnny Stack’s Life and Death Story, Laura Stack shares her family’s journey with THC induced severe mental illness.