The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention admitted there is a mental health crisis among youth because of the draconian coronavirus protocols they are recommending.
According to new poll data released Thursday, more than 44 percent of American teens reported “persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness,” while nearly 20 percent had serious thoughts of suicide and 9 percent actually attempted suicide in 2020.
“This data is an echo of a cry for help,” Debra Houry, an associate director at the CDC, told the Washington Post. “The COVID-19 pandemic has created traumatic stressors that have the potential to further erode students’ mental well-being.”
The survey results were collected from 7,705 ninth through twelfth grade students in a nationally representative sample of private and public schools between January and June 2021, at the height of the coronavirus lockdown.
While it was known early on that the virus strikes young people drastically less than adults, the CDC and other government officials have campaigned tirelessly to mask and close schools — both of which have been major contributors to learning disabilities and mental health problems.
Overall, the study found that over 37 percent of students suffered from poor mental health at the time of the survey. Girls were twice as likely to report poor mental health as boys, although it is unclear whether this is because boys did not want to answer the question honestly.
Additionally, there was a stark difference in mental health between students who felt connected to individuals at school and those who did not. Nearly 79 percent of the students surveyed reported some level of “virtual learning” — something recommended by the CDC — but just over 46 percent felt connected to others at school.
Among those who felt connected to others at school, only 28.4 percent reported poor mental health, in contrast to 45.2 percent of those who did not feel connected to others and reported poor mental health.
Similarly, just over 35 percent of connected teens experienced feelings of “sadness or hopelessness,” while unconnected teens felt the same at a rate of nearly 53 percent.
Internet-connected teens also seriously consider attempting suicide at a lower rate than their non-internet counterparts, ranging from 14 to 25.6 percent. Teens who felt connected and actually attempted suicide did so at a rate of 5.8 percent, while their unconnected peers did so at a rate of 11.9 percent.
In October 2021, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Children’s Hospital Association wrote a joint letter declaring a “national health emergency in child and adolescent mental health” — they and the CDC claim However, part of the crisis is being caused by both the coronavirus and “the ongoing fight for racial justice.”
But even before the aforementioned groups declared a national health emergency for America’s youth, the American Academy of Pediatrics warned early in the pandemic of an impending one.
In fact, in mid-2020, the American Academy of Pediatrics urged school officials to open schools to in-person learning, warning of rising depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts in children.
Biden-appointed Surgeon General Vivek Murthy even pointed out that “depression and anxiety symptoms have doubled in adolescents around the world during the pandemic and that clinical data also showed that “suicide attempts have decreased by 51% among adolescent girls and among adolescents were 4% more common”. boys compared to the same period in early 2019.’”
“‘Pandemic-related responses … made it harder to spot signs of child abuse, mental health issues and other challenges children faced, given the ‘reduced face-to-face interactions between children, friends, social support and professionals such as teachers [and] School counselors,'” says Murthy’s study.
The CDC acknowledged what many have come to recognize as true during the course of the pandemic: children have always been at lower risk from the coronavirus, and draconian lockdown and masking measures would destroy the social development, academic achievement and mental health of American youth.
Breccan F. Thies is a reporter for Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @BreccanFthies.
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