Mental Health Awareness Month
New data reported in March from the CDC highlights the severity of the mental health crisis experienced by youth during the pandemic. High school students were already experiencing an increase in mental health issues before the pandemic. According to this new data, in 2021:
- More than a third (37%) of high school students reported they experienced poor mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- 44% reported they persistently felt sad or hopeless during the past year.
- Lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth and female youth reported greater levels of poor mental health; emotional abuse by a parent or caregiver; and having attempted suicide than their counterparts.
- Over a third (36%) of students said they experienced racism before or during the COVID-19 pandemic.