YOUNG PEOPLE IN CRISIS: WHAT THE DATA IS TELLING US
Since 2019, the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) has partnered with Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago to develop an annual Crisis Services & Prevention Data Report, which provides quantitative data specific to young people who reach out to NRS for support, as well as their reasons for seeking services. While mental health fell outside of the organization’s top 10 reasons for outreach for decades, it has risen consistently in recent years, and was the third most common reason cited for outreach in 2022. In addition, crisis contacts are becoming younger: the fastest growing population reaching out for support is between the ages of 12 and 14, with a troubling increase in youth under the age of 12. The session will highlight the COVID-19 pandemic and trends from 2019-2022, the impact on providing services and resources to young people, and strategies to adapt to emerging needs.
Chief Program Officer National Runaway Safeline