COVID-19 pandemic’s mental health toll on young adults

According to the CDC, 75% of young adults have reported struggling with anxiety or depression during the pandemic while 25% reported serious suicidal ideation.
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Next tonight, the emotional toll the pandemic is taking on American children. Parents noticing a significant rise in depression and anxiety. And some heartbroken families losing children to suicide. ABC's erielle reshef with their stories and how parents can help make children feel less lonely. Reporter: Every day the grief-stricken Robbins family gathers at the gravesite of 16-year-old Christian, his loss weighing heavily during their first holidays without him. The Washington sophomore died by suicide one month into the pandemic. His parents Ted and Sarah say he was their light. He was goofy. He was funny. He had a warrior spirit, too. Reporter: They say Christian suffered with bouts of depression and had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and when the pandemic hit they say he struggled with isolation. He had good doctors, he had really good treatment. He had his friends that were coming over every single weekend. And when covid hit, that took all that away from him. Reporter: The emotional ripple effects of remote learning far reaching. Maine high school sophomore Spencer Smith also dying by suicide in recent weeks, leaving a note saying hltlt locked in his house. We didn't see the pain that he was apparently in. Reporter: According to the CDC, anxiety and depression during the pandemic have skyrocketed among young adults, with 75% found to be suggling. And when asked if they had thoughts of suicide in the past 30 days, 1 in 4 young adults respondened yes. How can families help kids feel a little bit less alone during this time? Anyone who works with or cares for children are in a unique position to catch early signs that a child might be struggling. And I think the earlier that we can catch mental health conditions, the better the childwill do overall. It's our goal that if we can save another child that's out there, even one, we've done our job as a family. And we've honored Christian. Reporter:nd Tom, doctors say providing a routine for kids can act as a suedele for the mind. And validating, listening to their feelings and concerns can provide critical reassure. Tom? Our kids need us now more than ever. Erielle, thank you for that report. If you. Reporter: Or a friend need help, you can call the national suicide prevention lifeline. 1- 00-273-8255. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Even if it feels like it, you are not alone.

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