Community Health, Youth Voices
According to Kidsdata.org, about 25 percent of youth in Merced County report having depression or other major mental illnesses. Victor Seguin reports that, at his school, nurse’s offices post signs encouraging people to quit smoking, or informing them about how to deal with abuse, pregnancy, and anger management. But ways to find help for depression, anxiety or other mental health issues are conspicuously absent. “We live in a time when things that were once considered wrong or immoral are now socially acceptable. But when it comes to mental health, people who suffer from depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar or an eating disorders are still seen as crazy. Until that changes young people will continue to suffer in silence.” His commentary appeared on We’Ced.