Since the state entered quarantine in March 2020, mental wellness has taken a spotlight like never before. Anxiety over the virus, isolation from quarantine and depression are three times higher than just one year ago.
PiC understands that mental health does not exist in a vacuum. We are all affected by the community and people around us. Clinton youth report high levels of anxiety and depression during covid quarantine, as they are worried for their families, missing their friends and activities, and not able to experience common traditions such as sports seasons, proms and graduations. In a culture where a lot is expected of them, it is common for youth to experience stress, worry and possibly mental illness. Any decrease in mental health could lead to substance use or other self-harming actions, so PIC works hard to stay on top of how our youth are doing.