Let's talk youth mental health and be bold about putting our kids first. Let's talk about quality years left to live rather than simply body counts. For we cannot in these pandemic years sacrifice the mental health of the young to save the old. We can, and should, shield others and do our best for them - but let the kids live, let them have the experiences evolution has built their brains to require for healthy development. Otherwise it is not only they who'll suffer, yet the generations that follow via intergenerational traumas and epigenetic changes. And yes, we know that children can be tragically affected, but those cases are the equivalent of lightning strikes and we cannot create public policy based on such low probabilities.

By Angela Abraham, @daisydescriptionari, September 10, 2020.