(WXYZ) — Experts warn that this year's isolation and obstacles could have long-term mental health consequences for people of all ages - including teenagers and young children.
According to the CDC, 4.4 million people between the ages of 3 and 17 have been diagnosed with anxiety. Another 1.9 million have been diagnosed with depression.
Students at Utica High School came up with the idea of offering peer support to help manage mental health.
12 students on the school's mental health committee are working together to deliver an important message to their classmates: it's okay not to be okay, especially during a school year unlike any other.
The kids teamed up with school leaders to create a toolkit filled with mental health resources. The students post the resources on the committee's social media accounts. They feature everything from the benefits of exercise to how music can boost your mood.
The students also use morning announcements to deliver helpful advice.
Staff members says they're incredibly proud of the compassion shining brightly at Utica High School.
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