By Margarita Alegría, STAT, February 9, 2021
Gonzales is a small city in central California populated mostly by Latino immigrant families and farmworkers. Like other places, it has felt the weight of the coronavirus pandemic.
When Covid-19 hit, the city’s youth council conducted an online mental health survey of middle and high schoolers. The students received an overwhelming response that revealed high levels of anxiety symptoms and stress among their peers. The findings were a wake-up call to local leaders unaware of the depth of mental health issues their young people faced.
Gonzales isn’t alone. The same thing is happening in other parts of the country where symptoms of anxiety and depression are increasing among adolescents and emerging adults of color.