Silent Struggle: ABC11's town hall aimed at combating youth mental health crisis

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Friday, May 19, 2023
Silent Struggle: ABC11 town hall discusses youth mental health
ABC11 discussed solutions and resources available to help people, especially young people, struggling with mental health.

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- More and more teens report struggling with depression, loneliness, and suicidal thoughts.

In an effort to shed light on the problem, ABC11 partnered with UnitedHealthcare to host The Silent Struggle: Youth Mental Health on Thursday evening.

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As guns show up in schools weekly and emergency rooms fill up with teens experiencing mental health crises stakeholders urge more needs to be done.

Steve Daniels moderated a discussion with the following experts:

  • Chad Stage M.A., Associate Director, Behavioral Health for UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of NC
  • Teri Putnam, NC Project AWARE/ACTIVATE Co-Director
  • Dr. Karen Barbee, Owner and Clinical Director of Renaissance Wellness Services, LLC
  • Anne Sena, Technology Professional

The focus of the discussion was youth mental health and solutions and resources available for families.

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You can replay the full town hall in the media player above.


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