Ouellette pens op-ed for BDN about youth mental health

Kristy Ouellette, University of Maine Cooperative Extension professor of 4-H youth development at the University of Maine, wrote an opinion piece for the Bangor Daily News about how the youth mental health crisis is impacting schools and teachers. “In the midst of a national youth mental health crisis, instead of claiming the kids are OK, it is time for action. If you are not already, get involved with your local school budget process; advocate for systems which will meet the challenges our kids are facing through innovation and action. Providing our schools with the support needed is just one layer of solution,” wrote Ouellette, a member of the Maine chapter of the national Scholars Strategy Network, which brings together scholars across the country to address public challenges and their policy implications.