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The Mental Health Crisis Among Teenage Girls And How Brands Can Help

Alana Sandel is a Chief Experience Officer at Marketing For Wellness, the agency committed to supporting brands that stand for well-being.

In a world where teenagers are constantly bombarded with unrealistic expectations and societal pressures, it’s no wonder that there is a mental health crisis among teenagers. According to the National Institutes of Health (via Healthychildren.org), nearly 1 in 3 adolescents ages 13 to 18 will experience an anxiety disorder, while a Pew Research Center analysis found that in 2017, 13% of U.S. teens ages 12 to 17 (or 3.2 million) said they had experienced at least one major depressive episode in the past year. Disturbingly, in a study published in the Italian Journal of Pediatrics, 11% of adolescents reported self-harm behaviors (without suicidal ideation or attempts). About one-third of U.S. high school girls have seriously considered attempting suicide, according to a 2021 CDC survey

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