Youth Mental Health

Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m. on Ch. 5.1

Mass shootings committed by young people have filled the headlines over the last year, These tragedies have brought renewed attention to the issue of youth mental health.

The national statistics are disturbing. Half of all lifetime cases of mental and substance abuse disorders begin by age 14. About 13 percent of young people live with a serious mental illness. However, only about 20 percent of those kids get the treatment they need. Many end up in the juvenile justice system.

So should we change how we intervene in children’s lives before problems become crises?

On this month’s Public Square, young people in New Mexico talk about their struggles with mental health issues. Advocates and public health experts discuss where we need to focus our resources. Community leaders include Yolanda Cordova, director of the Office of School and Adolescent Health in the New Mexico Department of Health and Diana McWilliams, acting CEO of the New Mexico Behavioral Health Collaborative.

Join New Mexico PBS for a PUBLIC SQUARE, where civic dialogue takes center stage. Funding for PUBLIC SQUARE was provided in part by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. PUBLIC SQUARE is hosted & produced by Megan Kamerick.

Quotes From PUBLIC SQUARE Participants:

“I wanted to kill myself. I tried in 2nd grade, I tried in 4th grade, 5th grade, and again in 6th grade. Things just got worse. Everybody was calling me the crazy girl.”
~Latishia Sanchez, Youth Advocate

“We need preventative care instead of ‘proventative’ care and I think we get proventative care with mass shootings because now we’re trying to figure it out after the horribleness has already taken place.”
~James Roach, Youth Coordinator

“What’s very clear is we all have mental illness in our families. We don’t talk about it.”
~Dr. Steve Adelsheim, Child/Adolescent Psychiatrist

“Let’s teach our kids that it’s ok to feel bad, but then talk about feeling bad and then what do you do to feel better?”
~Diana McWilliams, Acting CEO, New Mexico Behavioral Health Collaborative

Funding for PUBLIC SQUARE was provided in part by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

4 thoughts on “Youth Mental Health

  1. I want to refer a friend to watch you program about teen mental health and in-school community health programs. How do I find a link to that program?

  2. Once again, NMPBS has captured a powerful conversation about important issues our community faces through the Public Square. Last Thursday’s civic dialogue on teen mental health was really outstanding!!! I watch every month, and was particularly captivated by the candor in the stories shared during this segment. I also was very pleased to hear the DOH person talk about the important role community schools can/will play to address whole child issues. NMPBS is onto something powerful when you can televise public dialogues like this through your Public Square series — please keep them coming!

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