COULD SLEEP HELP END THE YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS?

KIDS AREN'T GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP—AND THEIR MENTAL HEALTH IS SUFFERING.

The level of sleep deprivation among youth may be more significant than previously realized.

  • Sleep deprivation has been linked to increased suicidal ideation, suicidal behavior, and death by suicide.

  • Restoring sleep duration and sleep quality among youth has been proven to greatly reduce mental health symptoms and improve functioning.

  • Sustained effort and systemic change will also be needed to fully restore youth mental health.

Dr. Kathleen Mackenzie Ed.D., MSW, LICSW, CIMHP, is featured in Pshyscology Today with a recent study on sleep deprivation amongst middle and high school students and how it affects their mental health. Read more here.

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