As teenagers head back to school after the holidays, stress levels are at their highest ever; 58% say they know someone who has “considered self-harm”
New Navigate 360/Zogby Strategies survey
Teenagers are heading back to school and a new survey reveals that higher levels of anxiety are seriously affecting mental health and disrupting their normal lives. A poll in a series spanning over a year by Navigate 360 and John Zogby Strategies, shows nearly three in five people (58%) “personally know someone who has considered self-harm or suicide”, the highest percentage to date in the joint project. That’s a nine-point increase from the August 2021 survey in this series.
This new survey highlights numerous academic studies and articles on higher stress levels and increased mental health issues among American adolescents, including a national emergency declaration from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Children’s Hospital Association and a youth mental health centre. US Surgeon General health advisory.
The survey also shows teens’ awareness of these factors and their desire for tools and resources to help reverse these mental health trends. As shown below, the majority of teens surveyed would appreciate help with managing stress and anxiety, as well as with their social-emotional well-being.
This fifth poll in a series of polls surveyed 302 16- and 17-year-olds across the country on December 17, 2021 and has a margin of sampling error of +/- 5.7 percentage points. Margins of error are higher for subgroups (contact [email protected] for survey instrument, full dataset, and methodology).
The new Navigate 360/Zogby Strategies survey also shows:
—54% are “aware of someone who has been bullied because of their race, sexual orientation or income level”
—58% are “very concerned” or “somewhat concerned” about their own “mental health” and also about their own “emotional health”
—39% disagree that their “mental health needs are met at school”
—33% disagree that “mental health needs are met at home”
—55% (compared to 50% in August 2021) “would like part of the program to be dedicated to learning how to work on my social/emotional well-being”
—57% would like “short courses to help manage stress and anxiety”
—55% would like “training focused on preparing to deal with an attacker or threat on campus.”
About Navigate 360
Navigate360 is the leader in holistic school safety and wellbeing solutions, encompassing all critical aspects from prevention to recovery. Covering the full spectrum of security, our innovative and integrated solutions for threat detection and prevention, mental health and wellbeing, security management and preparedness are backed by research and developed by industry experts . We provide all the tools schools need to save and improve lives.
About Zogby Strategies
Referred to by the Washington Post as the “second best-known name in polling in the United States,” Zogby’s polling companies leveraged their excellent reputation for accuracy and hard-to-reach groups to conduct surveys and market research for a variety of clientele in over 80 countries.