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CDC reports record levels of sadness among teen girls

Feb 14

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Teen girls in the United States are experiencing record-high levels of sadness and violence, as per new federal data. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report published Monday revealed that in 2021, nearly 60% of girls reported feeling persistently sad or hopeless, up from 36% in 2011. One in three teen girls on the survey said they seriously considered attempting suicide.

“Many measures were moving in the wrong direction before the pandemic. These data show the mental health crisis among young people continues,” Kathleen Ethier, director of the CDC’s division of adolescent and school health, said at a media briefing. The findings are “alarming,” she said.

The mental health crisis has worsened overall, even though several areas of adolescent health improved, including a decrease in risky sexual behavior, prescription opioid misuse and current alcohol use.

The report also revealed 52% of LGBTQ+ students recently experienced poor mental health, with over one in five having attempted suicide in the past year. Boys have also seen an increase in persistent sadness, rising from 21% in 2011 to 29% in 2021, and their overall suicide rates have risen by one percentage point over the decade.

“These data are clear: our young people are in crisis and schools are on the front line of this crisis and must be equipped with the tools to support young people,” Ethier stated.

Individuals struggling with suicidal thoughts or mental health matters can call the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline or visit the hotline’s website.

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MAHMOUD BENNETT:

A SCHOOL DISTRICT IN NEW JERSEY IS MOURNING THE LOSS OF A 14 YEAR OLD GIRL WHO DIED BY SUCIDE JUST DAYS AFTER SHE WAS ATTACKED BY FELLOW STUDENTS AT HER SCHOOL

THE VIDEO OF ADRIANA KUCH GETTING BEATEN IN THE HALLWAYS WAS RECORDED AND POSTED TO SOCIAL MEDIA –  TWO DAYS LATER HER PARENTS FOUND HER DEAD 

NOW THE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT HAS RESIGNED AND THE FOUR STUDENTS INVOLVED IN THE ATTACK HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED

RIGHT NOW TEEN GIRLS IN THE US ARE EXPERIENCING RECORD-HIGH LEVELS OF SADNESS AND VIOLENCE ACCORDING TO A NEW CDC SURVEY

IT FOUND NEARLY 3 IN 5 GIRLS REPORTED FEELING PERSISTENTLY SAD OR HOPELESS IN 2021 – UP FROM 36% IN 2011 – THE FIGURES TRANSLATED TO NEARLY 1 IN 3 TEEN GIRLS ON THE SURVEY SAYING THEY SERIOUSLY CONSIDERED ATTEMPTING SUICIDE

BY COMPARISON TEEN BOYS SAW AN INCREASE IN PERSISTENT SADNESS FROM 21% IN 2011 TO 29% IN 2021 – WITH OVERALL SUICIDE TICKING UP BY 1 PERCENTAGE POINT OVER THE DECADE

Kathleen Ethier: THESE DATA ARE CLEAR: OUR YOUNG PEOPLE ARE IN CRISIS AND SCHOOLS ARE IN THE FRONT LINE OF THIS CRISIS AND MUST BE EQUIPPED WITH THE TOOLS TO SUPPORT YOUNG PEOPLE

MAHMOUD BENNETT:

IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW NEEDS HELP CALL THE SUICIDE & CRISIS LIFELINE AT 988


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