“The saddest part of this story, the climax of an unsuccessful adolescence, is the inability to get mental-health services when needed. Whether one is a concerned parent seeking help for a teenager who shows signs of depression, anxiety or drug and alcohol misuse, or a frantic relative trying to prevent a young person from injuring themselves or others — like the grandmother in Seattle who discovered her grandson’s alarming journal — support is often absent. . . .
“Here is an agenda woven from two years of conversations among state and county leaders, mental-health and substance-use providers, social-service representatives, family and patient advocates, educators, health-plan representatives, nonprofit leaders and researchers. There’s urgency; it’s time to deliver.”