One in three children in the Cincinnati area struggles with mental health issues.

More children struggling with mental health issues

When I was in high school, I struggled with anxiety and depression. I didn’t know that at the time. Mental health wasn’t something that was talked about, at least not in my circle of family and friends in the 1990s. It wasn’t until years later that I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. I had to deal with the common stressors of school, social cliques, dating, driving, extracurricular activities, and home life. But there was no social media. No year lost due to a pandemic. No political or economic upheavals. I also had the privilege of being white, male, heterosexual, and having stable middle-class parents.

And yet, I still suffered from depression and anxiety.

Kids today deal with so much more than I do. The threat of mass shootings. The political spectacle of anti-diversity efforts. Cyberbullying on social networks. The disruption of COVID. The impending calamity of climate change and a democracy teetering on the brink. Add all of these on top of the stressors that have been common for children over the decades.

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