Report: growing number of Wisconsin kids struggle with mental health

MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) – Researchers say a growing number of Wisconsin kids are struggling with mental health.

Children’s mental health experts and lawmakers gathered today to review the 2022 report from the Office of Childrens Mental Health.

According to the report, over the last year, rates of depression and anxiety grew. Kids are also spending more time in front of a screen.

La Crosse Representative Jill Billings closed out the briefing by highlighting how the pandemic has made some mental health issues worse.

“We’ve heard very concerning trends, from the continued increase in rates of anxiety to suicide attempts by young people, especially LGBTQ youth and girls,” said Rep. Billings.

Billings says there is good news.

The pandemic sparked more conversations about mental health, especially among kids.

According to the report, cases of bullying and teen pregnancy also dropped.

You can read the full report here.