Pam Dudding-Burch
Contributing writer

Can life really be that difficult for kids at a young age? They have no responsibilities, payments, taxes or debts. How can this tragedy happen to the youth of today?

Sadly, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in 2015, 29.9 percent of all high school aged youth in the United States reported being depressed at some point over the past year. That is more than seven million youth nationwide which equates to one out of every four.

Self-reported depression is considered when over a period of two weeks or longer, a person stops doing normal activities due to feelings of sadness or hopelessness. This statistic is scary, to say the least, but what does it mean to Craig County?

J.D. Carlin, the Prevention Specialist of Prevention Services with Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare, shared that the reality is that the data for Craig County is…

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