Most teenagers have experienced some degree of stress during this pandemic — whether it’s missing friends, or more serious stressors like a parent losing a job, someone getting sick or an unstable home life.
Such stressors can make teens more vulnerable to depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. Pre-COVID-19, suicide was already a leading cause of death among teenagers in the U.S. Mental health experts are concerned that suicide rates will increase during the pandemic.
While more data is needed, in a June survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, young adults reported having worse mental health outcomes, increased substance use and elevated suicidal ideation.
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