Monthly Archives: January 2020

Chilean students protest uni entrance exam

https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Chilean-Students-Protest-Controversial-Exam-in-Santiago-20200127-0002.html?

Chilean students are mobilizing to reject the PSU selection test that will be applied on Monday under strong security measures implemented by the police to avoid excesses inside the enclosures where the exam will take place.

High school and university students, who have expressed their opposition to the repetitive and controversial PSU test that they claim is part of the profit and segregation system in Chilean education, protest at various points in Santiago, while the evaluation begins.

Girl Climate Change Activists on NPR

‘You Need To Act Now’: Meet 4 Girls Working To Save The Warming World

https://www.npr.org/2020/01/19/797298179/you-need-to-act-now-meet-4-girls-working-to-save-the-warming-world January 19, 2020

See my interviews with other girl climate activists on my YouTube channel:

Turkey: Selin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vO5hM29s1dA&t=35s Josh
Sweden: Sophia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBVnnNr24rk Marisha
Australia: Varsha https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0VXBU9IgVo
USA: Hannah https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLcUMTUh9E8&t=325s
UK, Netherlands: Lilly https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SzQpOJK74w&t=5s
Turkey: Hilal https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q50MPub-iwM
Germany: Annaka https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IudKqqBqQl0&t=7s

teen suicide rate up, 2nd cause of death

As of 2017, statistics show that an alarming number of them are suffering from depression and dying by suicide. In fact, suicide is now the second leading cause of death among young people, surpassed only by accidents.
After declining for nearly two decades, the suicide rate among Americans ages 10 to 24 jumped 56 percent between 2007 and 2017, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And for the first time the gender gap in suicide has narrowed: Though the numbers of suicides are greater in males, the rates of suicide for female youths increased by 12.7 percent each year, compared with 7.1 percent for male youths.
At the same time, the rate of teen depression shot up 63 percent, an alarming but not surprising trend given the link between suicide and depression: In 2017, 13 percent of teens reported at least one episode of depression in the past year, compared with 8 percent of teens in 2007, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
How is it possible that so many of our young people are suffering from depression and killing themselves when we know perfectly well how to treat this illness? If thousands of teens were dying from a new infectious disease or a heart ailment, there would be a public outcry and a national call to action.
While young people are generally physically healthy, they are psychiatrically vulnerable. Three-quarters of all the mental illness that we see in adults has already occurred by age 25. Our collective failure to act in the face of this epidemic is all the more puzzling since we are living at a time when people are generally more accepting of mental illness and stigma is on the wane.
Every day, 16 young people die from suicide. What are we waiting for?
[If you are having thoughts of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) or go to SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources for a list of additional resources.]

high anxiety among US college students

https://theconversation.com/the-mental-health-crisis-on-campus-and-how-colleges-can-fix-it-127875?

Student mental health distress has escalated to high levels nationally. The American College Health Association found in 2019 that over the past year, 87% of college students felt overwhelmed by all they had to do, 66% felt overwhelming anxiety, 56% felt things were hopeless and 13% seriously considered suicide. Contributing factors include distressing and traumatic circumstances during college, such as assaults, in addition to academic performance demands.

The college experience is not the only factor, however. Students are also coming to college with preexisting mental health challenges. For instance, over 80% of students who think about suicide during college had first thought about suicide before college.