Research Outline

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.

Early Findings

2020 Statistics

  • 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.

2016-2020 Trends

  • 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.