Experts say mental health crisis among African American youth demands immediate attention.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — May is Mental Health Awareness Month. This year, professionals around the country are shining a light on the looming mental health crisis among American children.
However, millions of youth were struggling prior to the national health emergency. And, data indicates children of color are particularly vulnerable, in the current climate.
"We've got 74% of African American or, Black youth, worried about the effects COVID-19 may have on family finances. 71% of Black youth are worried that they or a family member might be exposed to the virus. And, then, we have the stressors that are compounded because of seeing things like the unfortunate murder of George Floyd," said Joseph Lee, founder and CEO of Impact Counseling and Consulting Services. "We understand stress occurs in layers, right? So, we've had all the stresses of the …