Teen Mental Health And COVID-19
To provide current statistics on teen mental health in light of COVID-19. To provide recent statistics on teen mental health in light of COVID-19 informed by trends from the last five years.
- According to a recent survey from UNICEF and the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), COVID-19 and related lockdowns have affected the mental health of around 40% of teenagers.
- 70% of teenagers say they have developed negative feelings toward the future because of COVID-19.
- 79% experience increased worry about infectious people around them.
- 44% of teenagers say they lack knowledge about the virus.
- 38% of teenagers say they believe the worst is yet to come in terms of the pandemic's prevalence and its impact on the economy.
- Heidi News reports that even without a global pandemic crisis, 20% of teenagers will suffer mental health problems.
- COVID-19's impact is expected to further aggravate mental health problems among adolescents.
- A survey by Healthy Minds Network in July 2020 showed that 60% of students and teenagers found it more difficult to receive mental health care in the past months.
- Depression among surveyed college students increased from 35.7% in 2019 to 40.9% in 2020, partly because of the pandemic.
- Risk of suicide among students increased from 25% in 2019 to 27.2% in 2020.
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