Current mental health proposals fail to boost vital community services

After expressing suicidal thoughts, 11-year–old Ella waited for four hours in a crowded emergency room hallway at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford before she was able to be moved into a room. She then had to wait another six days until a bed opened up at the Institute of Living.

The COVID-19 pandemic has not only caused millions of deaths and severe illnesses, it has also impacted the mental health of countless people, including children like Ella. From school closures, to mask-wearing, and quarantines, the youth educational experience is one entirely different from the one you or I had.

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