Despite receiving more attention in recent years, research shows an increasing number of teens dealing with mental health challenges. The 1,100 US parents surveyed for this study reinforced COVID-19’s acceleration of mental health challenges among US teens. Nearly 80% of parents reported new or increased signals of potential mental health issues from their teen, including anxiety, depression and/or behavioral issues.
Mental health issues not only affect the lives of teens directly, but also create a ripple effect for families, friends and the wider community. Parents are acutely affected in terms of increased challenges with their own mental health, financial strain and new issues at work due to their teen’s mental health issues.
As we look to the future, it is clear that many different stakeholders will need to collaborate to manage the rising teen mental health crisis, particularly to support the impacts that parents are facing. It is imperative for public and private stakeholders to come together to address teen mental health issues to ensure a healthier, more resilient future for all.