Mental health professionals can be very useful for diffusing charged situation, but they come with their own liability issues. (Photo: ©Chanintorn.v/Adobe Stock) Mental health professionals can be very useful for diffusing charged situation, but they come with their own liability issues. (Photo: ©Chanintorn.v/Adobe Stock)

In many ways, it’s a different world for camps and other organizations that focus on youth than it was 10 years ago. While ropes courses and swimming safety were the primary liability concerns a decade ago, organizations are now facing more behavioral issues — bullying between young people and youth displaying a lack of respect for their counselors.

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), growing concerns about social media, mass violence, natural disasters, climate change and political polarization — combined with the pandemic — have exacerbated youth mental health and behavioral concerns.

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