Majority of Teens Experienced Signs of Depression, Poll

Posted 05/24/2017 | By HealthCorps

Majority of teens have experienced signs of depression, feel worthless at times new poll says

NEW YORK, NY (May 24, 2017) – A recent poll conducted by HealthCorps, a national health and wellness nonprofit organization founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz, found that 76% of teens have experienced feelings of overwhelming sadness, and 45% often feel sad for no reason.

The teens were also asked if they agree with the following statement, “At times, I feel like I am worthless.” A majority of the students agreed with this statement, 41% of students agree and 14% strongly agree.

The survey of 376 high school students was conducted from April 3 to April 14 as part of HealthCorps’ ongoing assessment of teens’ attitudes and habits towards physical and mental health and wellness.

Among other questions, when the high school students were asked if they knew anyone their age struggling with depression, 66% of students responded yes. While 68% of students consider mental illness to be a real illness, 32% believe mental illness to be a weakness that one needs to work on.

“Our poll indicates that misconceptions around mental illnesses still persist: more than one third of students polled believe mental illness is a personal weakness, not a legitimate disease. The results of our poll make me wonder how many students who struggle with their mental health are afraid to reach out for help due to the stigma attached to mental illnesses. It is heartbreaking to hear that 56% of students feel worthless at times, and it demonstrates how necessary the HealthCorps mental resiliency curriculum is to adolescents. HealthCorps skills-based lessons educate students on how to overcome challenges and how to improve their self-esteem, and it lets them know it is okay to reach out for help,” said HealthCorps research scientist Jean Lim.

A survey on the Emmy Award winning Dr. Oz Show conducted with renowned pollster Mike Berland revealed that 57% of adults are often stressed out and report a low average life satisfaction of 6.7 on a scale of 1-10. Dr. Oz offered that “fear is the major driver of stress and HealthCorps helps kids make sense of events affecting their lives, an especially important value in light of the recent bombing in Manchester, UK.”

Since 2003, HealthCorps has reached 1,840,000 teens. HealthCorps polls its current students on a bi-weekly basis. If you would like to receive results from our polls, please contact Karen Johnson at karen.johnson@healthcorps.org

For further information on discussing the recent bombing in Manchester with kids please watch this video from Dr. Oz here.

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