AWARENESS FACTS Over the past decade, even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, adolescents in the United States began to experience greater rates of mental health problems. In 2019, 16% of youth ages 12-17 reported experiencing a past-year major depressive episode (MDE), compared to 8% in 2009, double the previous rate. Rates of children’s emergency department visits related to deliberate self-harm increased 329% between 2007 and 2016. Deaths by suicide among youth increased by over 30% between 2014 and 2017. Tulare County Homeless Youth Facts (2018) School Age Kids Pre-K- 5th Grade 50.8% Homeless 6th-8th Grade- 21.7% Homeless 9-12th Grade- 27.5% Homeless Source link COVID-19 is worsening these alarming trends among youth and adolescents. From March to October of 2020, children’s visits to the emergency room for mental health conditions increased 31% for those 12-17 years old and 24% for children ages 5-11 compared to the same period in 2019. Schrank's Clubhouse is committed to doing whatever it takes to be the community for the community in helping to address these local facts. Check back often to see what we are doing. We need all the help and support that we can get.