The emerging youth mental health crisis makes it clear to mental health professionals, educators and researchers that for some reason our young people are having ever-greater difficulty controlling their mental and emotional content, their inner world.

 The situation reminds me of the iconic book by Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are.4 This book was published in 1963 and has since sold 19 million copies, and been turned into two animations, an opera and a feature length film – such is the strength with which it has resonated in the collective psyche.

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