US teen girls experiencing record levels of violence, sadness and suicide risk: CDC


A US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey has found that teen girls in the United States have been experiencing record-high levels of violence, sadness, and suicide risk in recent years. The report also found  “significant” and “heartbreaking” declines in youth health and well-being.

According to the data, 57 percent of high school girls regularly felt sad or hopeless in 2021. This is a nearly 60 percent increase and the highest level reported in the last ten years. When compared to boys, only 29 percent of them reported the same feelings.

Mental health challenges, experiences of violence, and suicidal thoughts and behavior have seen a rise among all teens, the report said. Over 40 percent of high school students reported feeling sad or hopeless and said that the feelings prevented them from engaging in regular activities for at least two weeks of the year.

Other data suggests that 30 percent of girls seriously considered attempting suicide, a whopping 60 percent increase from a decade ago. Eighteen percent of these girls had experienced sexual violence in the past year, while 14 percent were forced to have sex.

Several LGBQ+ students (52 percent) also experienced poor mental health, with more than one in five having tried to take their own lives in the past year.

The report also highlighted how certain areas continued to see improvement. This includes adolescent health and well-being, along with declines in risky sexual behavior, substance use, and bullying at school.