ACEs During COVID-19 Pandemic Associated with Poor Mental Health Outcomes Among High School Students

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Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events that occur during childhood and can negatively impact mental health and well-being into adulthood. Recent data from the 2021 Adolescent Behaviors and Experiences Survey (ABES) showed that nearly three-quarters (73%) of U.S. high school students reported at least one ACE during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students with four or more ACEs were about four times more likely to have poor current mental health and 25 times more likely to have past-year suicide attempts compared to those without any ACEs. Identifying vulnerable youth early and providing them with trauma-informed care can help address the mental health needs brought on by ACEs and the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more, see the report from the CDC.
 

About Mental Illness

A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning.

What is Recovery

Recovery from serious mental illness is not only possible, but for many people living with mental illness today, probable. The notion of recovery involves a variety of perspectives.

We’re Here to Listen

In Crisis?

You can chat one-to-one online at:
www.Foundation2CrisisChat.org
Online & texting chats are available from 9am-3pm M-F. All contacts are confidential.

Call the NAMI Helpline at

1-800-950-NAMI (6264)

Or in a crisis, text “NAMI” to 741741

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