Susan Wild visits Girl Scouts, addresses youth ‘mental health crisis’

Written by on August 6, 2021

Susan Wild visits Girl Scouts, addresses youth ‘mental health crisis’

By Chloe Nouvelle

August 6, 2021

U.S. Rep. Susan Wild met with Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania. Photo | Chloe Nouvelle

As part of a day spent touring Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District, U.S. Rep. Susan Wild (D-Lehigh Valley) visited the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania at its Camp Mountain House in Salisbury Township.

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Seated around a campfire site with some of her young constituents, Wild fielded questions from high school-aged Girl Scouts. 

Amanda Salomon, a Gold Award-winning Girl Scout, said she came to speak with the congresswoman about the “mental health crisis” affecting young people. 

Salomon is a recent graduate of Emmaus High School in the East Penn School District. 

“There’s been multiple people in my district that have lost lives to suicide, Salomon said. “It is just something really real to see kids our age losing battles that shouldn’t have to be lost.” 

U.S. Rep. Susan Wild met with Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania. Photo | Chloe Nouvelle

Around the campfire circle, Salomon asked Wild if Congress was working on anything that could help alleviate this “crisis.”

Wild responded, in part, by explaining that there’s currently a “severe shortage” of school counselors and psychologists. 

However, Wild said she sees a way to address that problem. 

“Typically, it’s not a particularly high paying field, and yet, they incur the same kind of student debt that somebody who’s gonna make a lot more does. So, it’s a matter of supporting those programs that will end up creating the professionals who need to go into our schools to work with (the students),” Wild said. 

The congresswoman also said reducing the stigma around mental health struggles will help too. 

“I think it’s even worse at the high school level than it is among older people who are a little more secure about talking about their issues,” Wild said.

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