Teen mental health: an epidemic during the pandemic
Teen mental health is an ongoing issue, one made worse by the pandemic. Beyond the regular stressors of the teenage years, an estimated 10-20% of adolescents globally, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), experience mental health conditions. Globally, depression is the fourth leading cause of illness among 15-19-year-olds while anxiety is ninth, the WHO reports. But mental health conditions very often are underdiagnosed and, more significantly, undertreated.
This three part series investigates how COVID-19 has affected teens’ mental health, looks at the stigma surrounding the subject, and offers coping skills to address everyday stressors.