The report states this mental health crisis is mostly affecting youth who are born after 1997, or Generation Z, as well as millennials. These generations are facing these issues with their mental health due to a number of reasons.
Many recent theories call to rise social media, where acts of bullying and personal insecurities can develop.
In the report, Susan Coats, a school psychologist at Baldwin Park Unified School District near Los Angeles, says this particular generation was raised with social media. This can lead to the youth feeling more disconnected, bullied, judged and pressured from their peers.
Members of this generation also report significant levels of stress about current issues such as climate change, mass-shootings, and personal issues like personal debt, housing and hunger.
Members of Generation Z also report in a survey significant levels of stress about personal debt, housing instability and hunger, as well as mass shootings and climate change.
In the rise of mental health issues, more communities are seeing an increase in youth suicides.
Resources to prevent mental health crisis among youth are often lacking, especially in many California school districts, the report says.
Maxwell says in the report medical providers also are struggling to keep up.
“Many times there aren’t psychiatric beds available for kids in our community,” he says.
However, if members of this generation visit the ER for their mental health and fear it’s affecting their lives, they are immediately seen by a social worker with proper care and guidance.
Rady Children’s Hospital plans to open a six-bed, 24-hour psychiatric emergency department in the early 2020, the report says.
Maxwell says in the report, improving emergency care will help, but a better solution would be to create more resources and to intervene with young people before they need an ER.