Teenage mental health during COVID-19

April 21, 2022
Fast Stats May 2022

A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analyses shine additional light on the mental health of U.S. high school students during the COVID-19 pandemic, including a disproportionate level of threats that some students experienced.


of high school students reported they experienced poor mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.


reported they persistently felt sad or hopeless during the past year.


reported they experienced emotional abuse by a parent or other adult in the home, including swearing at, insulting, or putting down the student.


experienced physical abuse by a parent or other adult in the home, including hitting, beating, kicking, or physically hurting the student.


reported a parent or other adult in their home lost a job.


of students said they experienced racism before or during the COVID-19 pandemic.

35% vs. 53%

youth who felt connected to adults and peers at school were significantly less likely than those who did not to report persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness; that they seriously considered attempting suicide (14% vs. 26%); or attempted suicide (6% vs. 12%).


of youth reported feeling close to people at school during the pandemic.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2022/p0331-youth-mental-health-covid-19.html