Fostering Healthy Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Development in Children and Youth – New Report Sept. 11

Rates of depression, suicide, and self-harm among young people have been increasing: in 2015, suicide was the No. 2 cause of death among 15- to 24-year-olds, and between 2005 and 2014, the proportion of adolescents experiencing a major depressive episode increased from 8.7 percent to 11.3 percent. Mental, emotional, and behavioral (MEB) health disorders not only impose suffering on individuals and their families, they are also costly to society, contributing to rates of school dropout, incarceration, and homelessness.

A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine examines actions local, state, and federal leaders can take to improve MEB health in youth and children in various settings.

Members of the committee will present the report's findings and recommendations and answer questions during a webinar starting at 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Sept. 11.


Advance copies will be available to reporters only starting at noon EDT on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

The report is embargoed and not for public release before 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Reporters who wish to obtain copies should contact the Office of News and Public Information at tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail

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