WATCH: What to know about mental health in teens: Breakdown with #StephAndSteve

Steve Spriester and Stephania Jimenez spoke with a local mental health expert & a teen survivor

SAN ANTONIO – Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have struggled with an aspect of their mental health, especially teenagers.

Mental health-related emergency department visits among teens ages 12 to 17 years were up 31% in 2020 compared to 2019, according to data from the CDC.

Further, suspected suicide attempts that resulted in an emergency department visit were 50.6% higher in girls aged 12 to 17 years in February 2021 compared to the same period in 2019.

To go deeper into this topic, Breakdown with #StephAndSteve explored mental health issues teenagers are facing and what steps parents can take to help.

The guests included:

  • Talli Dolge, MS Ed., CEO Mobile Mental Wellness Collaborative and Senior Vice President of School and Community Partnerships for Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute
  • Geoff Gentry, PhD., Senior Vice President of clinical services at Clarity
  • Demonte Alexander, San Antonio-based Public Affairs consultant
  • Also joining the livestream is Ainsley. She is a high school junior who has struggled with suicidal thoughts, anxiety and depression.

“I was a cheerleader. I was always smiling. I was the one with all of the pep and the spirit. And I just I began to lose myself”, Ainsley said. “But I knew that I still had to make sure that no one else knew that.”

You can watch the live stream in the video player above.

How to watch

Talk to #StephAndSteve

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About the Authors:

Landon Lowe is a news producer for KSAT 12. He previously worked at the NBC/Fox affiliate in Baton Rouge, LA, where he was the senior news producer and political producer.

Stephania Jimenez is an anchor on The Nightbeat. She began her journalism career in 2006, after graduating from Syracuse University. She's anchored at NBC Philadelphia, KRIS in Corpus Christi, NBC Connecticut and KTSM in El Paso. Although born and raised in Brooklyn, Stephania considers Texas home. Stephania is bilingual! She speaks Spanish.