‘Young people are in crisis’: The mental health of American high school students has deteriorated due to COVID-19

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Mental health issues have increased for people around the world. According to survey results released today by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, high school students in the United States were among the groups most at risk.

There has been a significant increase in the number of high school students reporting lingering feelings of sadness or hopelessness, contemplating suicide or attempting suicide over the past decade – and the results of the new CDC survey suggest that young people’s mental health was even worse during the pandemic.

Overall, more than a third (37%) of high school students in the United States experienced poor mental health at least most of the time during the Covid-19 pandemic, the CDC survey found.

More than two in five students (44%) had experienced persistent sadness or hopelessness that caused them to stop doing some usual activity. About one in five students had seriously considered suicide and about one in 10 had attempted suicide.

Poor mental health was more prevalent among lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth, as well as high school girls, according to the CDC survey.

“Young people are in crisis,” Kathleen Ethier, director of the CDC’s adolescent and school health division, said during a press briefing.

“These data and others like it show us that young people and their families have been under incredible levels of stress during the pandemic. Our data reveals flaws and unveils a significant layer of information about the extreme disruptions some young people have experienced during the pandemic.

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