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2024 Youth Mental Health Report

Kids in Crisis

2024 Youth Mental Health Report

Growing up is a challenge on its own, but when you factor in the pressures from social media, incidents of mass violence and various societal issues, the toll on youth's mental well-being becomes increasingly evident. And experts are still working to quantify the added impacts children experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal of this report is to shed light on this growing problem, help parents know how they can help their kids and understand what support is available for your family.

See the Report
2024 YM Hreport

Tips & Tools for Parents & Caregivers

One of the best things parents can do is know the warning signs their kids may need help, and then intervene as early as possible.

Warning Signs

  • Changes in sleeping or eating patterns
  • Changes in mood, including outbursts or extreme irritability
  • Persistent sadness
  • Losing interest in or withdrawing from activities they normally enjoy
  • Starting or increasing substance use
  • Hurting oneself or talking about hurting oneself
  • Talking about death or suicide
  • Frequent headaches or stomachaches
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Changes in academic performance
  • Avoiding or missing school

How to Talk About Mental Health

We know kids don’t always show signs of mental health concerns and can be good at hiding what they are going through or feeling. That’s why it’s important to have conversations about mental health and ask about their mental health.

Having these conversations normalize mental health for your kids and also clues you into any issues your kids might be experiencing. Download the report for more examples of how to start these conversations with your family.


The U.S. Preventive Service Task Force is made of up health professionals and psychologists who evaluate evidence on various preventive health services. The task force now recommends regular anxiety screenings for youth ages 8 to 18 and regular depression screenings for adolescents ages 12 to 18. This can be done with your primary care physician, school counselor or mental health professional.

Getting Help

It’s hard to know when to ask for professional help. If you are wondering if you should seek care for your child, the answer is yes. By the time you are considering this, it is time to seek support. Here is how Burrell can help:

24-Hour Crisis Line

If you or a loved one is experiencing a mental health or substance-use crisis, please call our toll-free 24-hour telephone line. Our team can help provide immediate assistance.

Southwest Missouri: 1-800-494-7355

Central Missouri: 1-800-395-2132

National Help Line: Call or Text 988