This Florida approach to an alarming teen crisis is a paradigm shift

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The Centers for Disease Control’s recent report on teen mental health should greatly alarm every American. While adults have been bowed down by the many challenges we’ve collectively faced these last few years, our young people have been utterly crushed. 

In 2021, a full 42 percent of high school students experienced depression, or persistent feelings of sadness, and 22 percent seriously considered suicide.

In Florida, bipartisan consensus has emerged addressing this very grave crisis with

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