By Alex DeMarban
Anchorage Daily News 

U.S. surgeon general hears about shortage of youth mental health services in Alaska

 


The nation’s surgeon general heard from Alaska mental health care advocates on June 26 about the need for more resources to address what they say is a crisis that is leading to more suicides, eating disorders and depression among young Alaskans.

Dr. Vivek Murthy said he was in the state at the invitation of Sen. Dan Sullivan to learn how Alaska is dealing with the rising rates of isolation and depression that are affecting young people nationwide. He said that nationally, one in three adolescent girls in 2021 seriously considered suicide.

Murthy’s visit comes as Congress looks to shape...



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