State of the Union could affect young adults’ mental health

The 2023 State of the Union made for Congress was broadcasted to show President Joe Biden’s plan and concerns for the rest of his term. 

He addressed various topics within his speech, including major topics like climate change, unemployment, and the need for more bipartisan agreement within Congress.

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Mental health among students was addressed by Biden, and will hopefully be improved throughout the rest of his Presidential term. (Kevin Olivares)

  Among these topics, Biden highlighted the need for the improvement of mental health within the nation, especially that of students who may be struggling with a wide array of issues.

“Second, let’s do more on mental health, especially for our children,” President Joe Biden said. “When millions of young people are struggling with bullying, violence, trauma, we owe them greater access to mental health care at school”.

This could potentially be a major turning point for students. Since both students’ and teachers’ mental health has continued to be low due to the long-lasting effects that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on people’s emotional well-being.

“I didn’t like being stuck in my house during covid,” student Sam Lam said. “It put a lot of stress on my family because we had to be with each other every day.”

In addition to assisting mental health, Biden chose to take the approach of continuing to push for lowering and/or forgiving student debt. 

This is an enormous win for college students since student debt can act as a chain that holds people back, even after they are done with their college education.

So by allowing students to manage their debt, the economy will not only flourish but also allow people to make a better transition between their college and adult life.

“I plan to go to U.N.D. so that I can get my Masters in five years,” student Nicholas Lobao said. “And, I think that assistance with student debt would be great, but I am concerned about where the money’s coming from.”