Healthy Gamer's own Dr. K took Mental Health Awareness Month 2023 by storm, hosting none other than the esteemed United States Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy on a Twitch livestream. Their discussion not only highlighted the paramount significance of youth mental health, but also showcased Healthy Gamer's unparalleled influence connecting policy change makers and pushing the frontiers of change.
Dr. Murthy also explained the challenges that have arised in mental health following the COVID-19 pandemic, and how these challenges are disproportionately affecting the youth.
“In the decade prior to the pandemic, there was a 57% increase in the suicide rate among young people [...]. We knew that there was a problem beforehand, and sadly the pandemic poured fuel on that fire.”.
In this monumental meeting of minds, Dr. K and Dr. Murthy touched on the importance of championing and supporting youth mental health, as well as the challenges of connecting in our modern, digital world. Dr. Murthy shed light on the serious challenges faced by today's youth in their quest for mental well-being. He revealed a staggering 57% increase in the suicide rate among young people in the decade leading up to the pandemic. While this preexisting crisis had already cast its dark shadow, the COVID-19 pandemic had unfortunately exacerbated the situation.
Dr. Murthy and Dr. K then delved into the profound importance of fostering meaningful connections in our digital era. They discussed the importance of reaching out to loved ones in times of distress, touching on the topics addressed in the Office of the Surgeon General’s recent advisory, aptly titled: Our Epidemic of Loneliness and Isolation. This report called for a societal shift, emphasizing the healing powers of social connection and community support.
Through the tireless efforts of Dr. Murthy and his team, several other essential advisories have been released, tackling critical topics such as safeguarding youth mental health, combating the epidemic of health misinformation, and addressing the impact of social media on our well-being. By aligning themselves with these crucial initiatives, Healthy Gamer has further positioned itself as a trailblazer in the mental health industry.
In a statement that resonated with the thousands watching, Dr. Murthy proclaimed:
"Mental health is the fuel that allows us to show up in our lives, at work, in school, for our families, for our communities." These words echoed the very essence of Healthy Gamer's mission, encapsulating the unwavering dedication to empower and uplift young minds.
Check out the full conversation here:
Healthy Gamer's collaboration with the Office of the Surgeon General has undoubtedly set the stage for a revolution in youth mental health. As Healthy Gamer continues to lead the charge in dismantling stigmas and bridging the gaps in mental health support, this monumental event solidifies Healthy Gamer's unrivaled position at the forefront of modern mental health.