Hope Squad is featured in ABC News special with Robin Roberts exploring the mental health crisis among youth amid COVID-19

Health experts say COVID-19 has exacerbated mental health issues in youth.
By Nicole Curtis and Angeline Jane BernabeviaMarch 30, 2022
With Robin Roberts who recently celebrated 20 years on Good Morning America / Robin Roberts celebrates 20 years at ‘GMA’ with advice to her younger-self; and
GMA and ABC News Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Jennifer Ashton
From: ABC News

Teens heal and move forward through pandemic

Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts explores the state of the U.S. two years since the pandemic began and how life has changed in “24 Months That Changed the World,” an ABC News primetime special.
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The complete 41-minute special is available on ABC NEWS & HULU

Two years after the COVID-19 pandemic began, mental health challenges still impact youth.

But in a new one-hour ABC News primetime special anchored by “Good Morning America”‘s Robin Roberts, U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy said children have struggled with mental health long before the pandemic.

“The pandemic’s been more challenging for some children,” Murthy told ABC News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton. “If we wanna address this, we’ve got to listen to kids.”

In October 2021, the American Academy of Pediatrics found “soaring rates of mental health challenges among children, adolescents, and their families over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Two months later, Murthy issued an advisory on the youth mental health crisis, emphasizing that mental health challenges are present among children and young adults.

To help young people heal, Murthy has been doing listening tours with youth across the country.

In the ABC News primetime special “24 Months That Changed the World,” Ashton sits down with Murthy and kids at Ida B. Wells Middle School. in Washington, D.C.

“I felt like that little kid in me disappeared and I started worrying about stress,” said Daylan Joya, a student at Ida B. Wells Middle School.

Added student Machi Brooks: “Don’t just treat us like, ‘Oh, you’re a child.’ Treat us like what we’ve been through is as equal to what you’ve been through.”

At a high school in Mason, Ohio, the Hope Squad was created to help students with their mental health.

“Tons of people needed help during the pandemic,” Kaya Rossey, a member of William Mason High School’s Hope Squad, told ABC News.

In one exercise, students role-played how to handle self-harming behavior when they spot it.

Dr. Alok Patel, a physician at Stanford Children’s Health and ABC News contributor, said a “silver lining” of the pandemic is that it’s opened the conversation on mental health.

“One silver lining that has come is the amount of discussion and awareness that has happened to talk about their own mental health struggles,” said Patel.

24 Months That Changed the World” aired on a special edition of “20/20” on Wednesday, March 30, on ABC. It is also available on Hulu.

Below are four different clips of varying lengths for educational purposes only.

This segment is 6:45 long and contains the segment on Hope Squad. It includes part of the ABC general intro as well as some of the intro from Robin Roberts. It also includes Dr. Murthy and Dr. Ashton’s visit with the Ida B. Wells Middle School in Washington, D.C. as well as the experience of Emma Brun from Ohio.

This segment is 2:34 long and contains the segment on Hope Squad. It includes a brief intro from Robin Roberts as well as Dr. Murthy and Dr. Ashton’s visit with the Ida B. Wells Middle School in Washington, D.C.

This segment is 1:55 long and contains the segment on Hope Squad. It also includes part of Dr. Murthy and Dr. Ashton’s visit with the Ida B. Wells Middle School in Washington, D.C.

This segment is 1:25 long and contains the segment on Hope Squad. It also includes a brief intro with Dr. Murthy and Dr. Ashton.

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