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State of Youth Mental Health, Resources for Parents

May is Mental Health Awareness month and health care experts say the number of students suffering from mental health struggles is rising.

Dr. Coralanne Griffith-Hunte is a human industrial and trauma psychologist, a professional that studies human behavior in various settings. She cites results from the CDC’s recent Youth Behavioral Survey which finds that between 2011-2021, the number of high school students who felt persistently sad or hopeless has increased.

Griffith-Hunte says parents and caregivers need to discuss concerns with children. She recommends resources including the Ad Council’s Sound it Out Campaign and toolkit.

She says the Covid-19 pandemic exacerbated the issues. For more information, visit sounditouttogether.org.

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!
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