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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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Social Media Could Pose ‘Profound Risk of Harm’ to Young People’s Mental Health, Surgeon General Warns

The U.S. surgeon general warned Tuesday of the potential risks of social media to young people, and urged policy makers and technology companies to strengthen standards for adolescents.

Dr. Vivek Murthy’s office said a growing body of research shows the detrimental effects of social media on adolescents. The office’s public advisory said more research is needed to better understand the effects of social media on children and teens.

The advisory noted the benefits of social media, including its use as an outlet for creativity and for finding community. But, the report said, “there are ample indicators that social media can also have a profound risk of harm to the mental health and well-being of children and adolescents.”

“We are in the middle of a national youth mental health crisis, and I am concerned that social media is an important driver of that crisis—one that we must urgently address,” Murthy said

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