Stats on Teens

Depression

20% of adolescents live with a mental health condition and a whopping 11% of adolescents have a depressive disorder by the age of 18.  Almost half of all students with a mental illness drop out of high school.  90% of teens who kill themselves have an underlying mental illness.

Drug Use

Marijuana use has been on the rise, amongst adolescents, and is likely to become legal soon.  In 2012, 17% of tenth graders and 23 percent of 12th graders had used marijuana in the last month.  

LGBTQ Issues

About half of LGBTQ+ students experience online harassment — a rate higher than average.  Instagram is the social media site where most young people report experiencing cyberbullying, with 42% of those surveyed experiencing harassment on the platform.  Young people who experience cyberbullying are at a greater risk than those who don’t for both self-harm and suicidal behaviors.

Sexual Activity

47% of high school students reported being sexually active, and 41% said they had not used a condom during their last sexual encounter.  Of the 20 million new sexually transmitted disease each year, more than half were among young people between the ages of 15 and 24.  

Bullying / Cyberbullying

95% of teens in the U.S. are online, and the vast majority access the internet on their mobile device, making it the most common medium for cyber bullying.  23% of students reported that they’ve said or done something mean or cruel to another person online. 27% reported that they’ve experienced the same from someone else.  Girls are more likely than boys to be both victims and perpetrators of cyber bullying. 15% of teen girls have been the target of at least four different kinds of abusive online behaviors, compared with 6 percent of boys.

Obesity / Eating Disorder

The 2011 National Survey of Children’s Health reports that 31.3% of children in the United States, between the ages of 10 and 17 were overweight or obese.  Obese children are at a much greater risk of lifelong health problems, such as diabetes, arthritis, cancer and heart disease. 

The National Institute of Mental Health reports that 2.7 percent of teens, ages 13-18 years old, struggle with an eating disorder with  Anorexia having the highest fatality rate of any mental illness.  It is estimated that 4 percent of anorexic individuals die from complications of the disease and only one third of individuals struggling with anorexia nervosa in the United States obtain treatment.  Further, it is estimated that up to 4 percent of females in the United States will have bulimia during their lifetime with 3.9 percent of these bulimic individuals dying.  Of those practicing bulimia, only 6 percent obtain treatment.

Academic Problems

Academic stress is a leading cause of depression and suicidal ideation in young people.

Peer Pressure

Sexting is a major cause for concern because many teenagers do not realize that there can be lifelong consequences for sharing intimate photos or videos.

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