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Teens, COVID, and Coping

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the lives of America’s young people, who now face uncertainty in almost every aspect of life and the constant stress of social isolation. To address some of the most pressing mental health issues youth are struggling with right now, Well Beings and PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs will host Teens, COVID and Coping, a panel conversation featuring psychologist Dr. Lisa Damour, the author of Under Pressure and Untangled and New York Times contributing columnist, alongside teens and educators. Moderated by PBS NewsHour Senior National Correspondent Amna Nawaz, the conversation will offer insight into how peers, parents and teachers can help young people struggling in this moment. 

Well Beings Survey Identifies Loneliness, Anxiety, Depression as Most Common Feelings Among Teens in 2020

The majority of American teens believe that the Covid-19 Pandemic has disadvantaged their generation, according to a new survey conducted for Well Beings and PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs. Over 70% of the teens surveyed believe the pandemic has disadvantaged their generation, and 50% say the pandemic has worsened their mental health.

The national survey found that the pandemic has subjected American teens to unprecedented hardship, worsening their mental health, physical health and body image, relationships with family members, social lives, education, and future potential. 

Teens reported widespread dissatisfaction with mental health, with 67% reporting depression during the last year, 22% saying they experienced serious depression. In fact, mental health is the top-ranked concern among those surveyed, followed by obtaining their desired education, physical health, and financial health.

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The Well Beings Tour is making its way to cities across the country, hosted in partnership with local public media stations to present impactful experiences that connect audiences with mental health resources in the local community, strengthen community connections, and destigmatize mental health challenges. The Tour features moderated public discussions that share information and volunteer opportunities from local community and national organizations. The Tour is fostering new conversations about mental health through these local events — live or virtual, based on local public health conditions.

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