We applaud the community for coming together Thursday, Jan. 26 at the Rockland Elks Lodge to discuss the youth crisis. That is a great start. Now we must follow through on that discussion and demand action.

None of what we heard at this forum was new information, but it may be the first time we have heard it all put together in such a stark manner. Young people are facing serious mental health problems, addiction issues and other crises. There is a shortage of the workers who can address these issues, so the teachers, counselors, doctors, social workers and nurses available experience burnout and struggle to keep up with the work.