According to a recent report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the mental state of teenage girls in this country is alarming, and levels of sadness or despair are at their highest in a decade. According to reports, nearly three-fifths of American teenage girls say they experience persistent sadness or hopelessness, twice as many as boys of the same age. About a third of teenage girls say they have seriously considered suicide. This proportion has increased by about 60% compared to 10 years ago. About 15% of teenage girls said they were forced to have sex, up from 27% in 2021. About 57% of girls said they felt sad every day for at least 2 weeks in the past year.
Debra Houry, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said it must play an active role in providing effective services for the mental health of students and ensuring the healthy growth of young people.
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