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CBS-owned stations across the U.S. will present a comprehensive and collaborative series of solutions-oriented reports on a single topic in the history of the station group this week under the banner of Kids In Crisis, an in-depth and multiplatform commitment to addressing the youth mental health crisis in America.
Throughout the week, all 14 CBS Television Network-owned stations, their local streaming channels and websites will be exploring solutions to the pressing needs in the communities they serve. According to Mental Health America, more than 60% of youth with major depression do not receive any mental health treatment. And approximately 80% of states across the country have a severe shortage of child psychiatrists, according to data from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Wendy McMahon, president and co-head, CBS News and Stations, said: “As someone who has the privilege of leading CBS Stations and, even more importantly, as a parent, I am extremely proud of the work our teams at every station and the CBS Local News Innovation Lab have done and will continue to do to shine a light on the issues surrounding this crisis, and also present solutions that will make a real difference in the lives of children and their families.”
Adrienne Roark, president, CBS Stations, added: “This project reflects the first time that the executive producers of community impact in each of our newsrooms have come together and collaborated on reports that not only will super serve each local market, but also be extremely relevant for