Yale professor bikes across America to raise awareness of adolescent behavioral health issues

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - About one in five adolescents will develop a psychiatric condition in their lifetime.

A child and adolescence psychiatrist and professor of child psychology at Yale is cycling across America to spread awareness.

Sioux Falls is one of his stops. Tuesday marks Dr. Andres Martin’s 24th day out of his 52 day bike trip from Seattle to Washington D.C.

He’s already raised more than $3,500 for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry of his $5,000 personal goal.

He wants people to understand that mental illness is more common than they might think.

“One of them is to fight to stigma. Most of us have a loved one in our family or someone that we know that has, or is suffering from, a mental illness. And to welcome them and support them just like we would our aunt with diabetes or our cousin with hypertension,” said Dr. Martin.

Dr. Martin also met with Avera psychiatrist Dr. Tim Soundy and toured the Avera Behavioral Health Center in Sioux Falls.

Wednesday marks the halfway point of Dr. Martin’s 5,100 mile ride.