The New Normal: CDC finds teen girls experienced record levels of violence, sadness and suicide risk in recent years
New data published this month from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found teen girls in the U.S. experienced record-high levels of violence, sadness and suicide risk in recent years amid "significant" and "heartbreaking" declines in youth health and well-being overall.
The survey found increasing mental health challenges, experiences of violence, and suicidal thoughts and behavior among all teens.
Teen girls across the United States are "engulfed in a growing wave of violence and trauma," according to federal researchers who released data showing increases in rape and sexual violence, as well as record levels of feeling sad or hopeless.
Nearly 1 in 3 high school girls reported in 2021 that they seriously considered suicide — up nearly 60% from a decade ago — according to new findings from the CDC. Almost 15% of teen girls said they were forced to have sex, an increase of 27% over two years, and the first increase since the CDC began tracking it.
News 12's Elizabeth Hashagen was joined by Dr. Liat Jarkon and Dr. Liz Nissim-Matheis for a conversation on mental health.