More affordable mental healthcare a top priority for adolescents, parents and teachers say

Educators reported family dynamics and relationships as the most prevalent mental health challenges for adolescents, while parents cited academic pressure, a survey by CVS Health found.

 The survey was conducted by CVS and technology company Morning Consult from Aug. 12-23 among 500 parents and 340 educators of children ages 13 to 17, according to a Sept. 8 news release from CVS Health.

 Here is a breakdown of the findings. 

  • Teachers ranked the most significant issues affecting children's mental health as:
    1. Family dynamics and relationships (94 percent)
    2. Self-esteem (91 percent)
    3. Bullying/social dynamics (85 percent)
    4. Social media usage (83 percent)
  • Parents ranked the biggest factors affecting children's mental health as:
    1. Academic pressure (52 percent)
    2. Self-esteem (51 percent)
    3. Pandemic-related stress (48 percent)
    4. Bullying/social dynamics (43 percent)
  • 72 percent of educators reported issues caused by gender, race and sexuality as a factor negatively affecting their students' mental health, compared to 25 percent of parents.
  • 63 percent of teachers and 54 percent of parents agreed that more affordable care is the most beneficial resource for adolescent mental health.

"To increase our attention on adolescents' mental health, we have launched new programs to reach them and their families directly, and resources to help parents and caregivers better understand mental distress and available support," Karen Lynch, president and CEO of CVS Health, said in the release.


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