NBC News recently featured a research based article discussing how fewer teens are having sex or doing drugs, but more are reporting depression. We found this article to match our experience with teens, and wanted to share it with you.
By offering a safe space for honest conversations about these topics, we get the inside scoop on teens experimentation. However, we can confidently and sadly agree that, regardless of their varying sexual or elicit activity, almost all the teens we know are dealing with some level of anxiety and depression. Included here are a few key points from the article, and interesting visual reports.
Read the full article here...
"Fewer high school students are having sex than ever before, federal health officials reported Thursday. And they’re also less likely than some earlier generations to abuse drugs...
But kids report that bullying at school is common and a third of students report persistent feelings of sadness and hopelessness, the report finds. One in 10 girls and one out of 28 boys report they’ve been forced to have sex...
“Today’s youth are making better decisions about their health than just a decade ago, but, some experiences, such as physical and sexual violence, are outside their control and continue at painfully high levels. Their experiences today have powerful implications for their lives tomorrow.”
High school students are less likely to have had sex than in previous years, but more report they are depressed.
EMILY FROST is an artist and mentor working with youth and families in the Bay Area. She is the founder of LOVE YOUR NATURE, a movement devoted to girls and women awakening to their inherent wisdom, power, and purpose.