Depression on the rise for youth during COVID-19 Pandemic

Survey shows depression and anxiety among Pennsylvania youth, Penn State experts team up with state and local organizations to provide support:

Data from the most recent Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) show an alarming percentage of Pennsylvania’s youth suffer from mental health symptoms such as depression and anxiety. According to the 2019 PAYS, in which 239,340 students from 419 Pennsylvania school districts participated, 38% of all students indicated that they felt depressed or sad most days in the past 12 months.

“The mental health statistics for 10th and 12th graders are particularly concerning,” said Geoff Kolchin, program analyst for the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD). Approximately 1 in 5 had considered suicide in the past year, according to the survey. For the complete article, click here:  Penn State News