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Piatt County Mental Health Director Voices More Concerns Over Illinois Youth Survey

The bi-annual Illinois Youth Survey given to school children in Illinois is bringing back some alarming trends for a local mental health professional.


Tony Kirkman is the Executive Director of the Piatt County Mental Health Center and on the WHOW Morning Show Tuesday posed the question - are our youth actually experiencing never-before-seen levels of mental issues or have they not been properly taught resiliency?



For Kirkman, people are able to project the outcomes of different actions we take but unfortunately, we seem to be consumed with the anxiety of what is next or reflecting on the past. He believes people need to be more present through mindfulness rather than worrying about the past or the future.



Another alarming piece of data coming from this year's survey of students is how much screen time our kids are being allowed to have. Kirkman says kids are suggesting they spend roughly eight hours a day on their devices.



Kirkman is concerned with the acceptability of what is online and the single-outcome trend of how to conduct yourself through relationships and other aspects of life. 

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