With the arrival of spring and relaxing of many COVID-19 pandemic restrictions across the nation, children and adolescents once again face opportunities for increased social opportunities and behind the wheel experiences.
In addition to keeping our teens safe on the road, we must also keep our attention and action focused on the U.S. Surgeon General’s advisory
on the nation’s youth mental health crisis. Approximately one fourth
of adolescents aged 12–17 years received mental health services in the past year. In a recent interview
, I discuss child and adolescent rising mental health needs, only exacerbated during the pandemic, and the need for increased access to mental health resources.
Resources and research on these two important topics are included in this newsletter. Resources from our Children's Safety Now Alliance partners are highlighted in purple.
Please widely share the resources below with your networks.
Jennifer Leonardo, PhD
Children’s Safety Network Director