Mental Health, Suicidality, and Connectedness Among High School Students During the COVID-19 Pandemic 2021

Based on data from the Adolescent Behaviors and Experiences Survey, 37.1% of high school students experienced poor mental health during the pandemic. During the 12 months preceding the pandemic, 44.2% experienced persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness, 19.9% has seriously considered attempting suicide, and 9% had attempted suicide. Connectedness mitigated these feelings to some degree as students who felt close to persons at school had a significantly lower prevalence of poor mental health.