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” Lhe studies converge: the mental health of adolescents has deteriorated, in France and internationally. Let's stay mobilized for the well-being of young people! » declares in a press release Doctor Caroline Semaille, Director General of Public Health France (SpF). This Tuesday, the National Public Health Agency published a new survey on the mental health and well-being of adolescents. After questioning 9,337 secondary school students, the authors of the study point to “contrasting” results.

In fact, if eight out of ten adolescents have the feeling of being in good health, Public Health France observes “a big proportion of younger folks presenting a danger of despair and declaring a sense of loneliness, psychological and/or somatic complaints or suicidal ideas.” Point summarizes in three factors the learnings of this new research carried out by the School of Advanced Studies in Public Health (EHESP) and the French Observatory of Drugs and Addictive Tendencies (OFDT), in partnership with National Education.

Significant deterioration within the psychological state of adolescents between 2018 and 2022

Unsurprisingly, the SpF groups word a “clear deterioration in their mental health between 2018 and 2022”. In 2022, 86.2% of center college college students and 83.5% of highschool college students declared themselves to be in “excellent” or “good” well being. Conversely, 1.9% of highschool college students and 1.4% of center college college students suppose they’re in “poor” well being. Rates to be certified since, based on the WHO psychological well-being index, solely 59% of center college college students and 51% of highschool college students current a superb stage of psychological well-being. Furthermore, if the notion of their situation appears good, 51% of center college college students and 58% of highschool college students current “recurrent psychological or somatic complaints”: “The most frequently reported complaints are difficulty falling asleep, nervousness, irritability and back pain. »

READ ALSO The anxious, poorly silent school refusal of an anxious generationIn addition, 15% of high school students and 14% of middle school students present a significant risk of depression. A worrying and increasing statistic established using the Adolescent Depression Rating Scale. Point of alert, in 2022, 24% of high school students reported having had suicidal thoughts during the last twelve months and one in ten high school students said they had attempted suicide during their life. As SpF notes, suicide attempts which are serious and require lifelong hospitalization concern 2.8% of high school students and more often affect second year students (3.6%). “It is essential to continue implementing actions to free up the discussion about discomfort, inform and direct young people to existing resources and assistance,” notes Caroline Semaille.

Strong feeling of loneliness amongst highschool college students

In the overall inhabitants, based on a current research by the Fondation de France, one in 5 folks really feel usually alone. Among them, 83% undergo from it. During adolescence, 27% of highschool college students and 21% of center college college students report feeling lonely. In highschool, 30.2% of first grade college students report feeling alone, in comparison with 16.8% in sixth grade, upon getting into school. “The level of well-being decreases rapidly with progress in schooling since nearly seven out of ten middle school students in sixth form declare a good level of mental well-being and only half of third year students are in this case,” notes Public well being France.

READ ALSO Addictions, violence, despair… Adolescents: a state of emergencyThis drop in psychological well-being could possibly be defined particularly, based on researchers, by the Covid-19 pandemic, armed conflicts on the gates of Europe, assaults, the local weather disaster, educational strain, the dangers linked to Internet and using social networks. “We also remind you that everyone can take care of their mental health by adopting behaviors beneficial to their well-being, such as practicing physical activity, taking time for hobbies, getting enough sleep, helping others… Promote mental health, prevent the appearance of psychological disorders and the fight against stigmatization are public health issues to which we are fully committed to support the adults of tomorrow,” declares the Director General of Public Health France.

Girls extra involved than boys

One statement is hanging: women have poorer psychological well being than boys. On the query of notion of 1's well being alone, 23.1% of highschool women consider they’ve “fairly good” or “poor” well being, in comparison with 9.7% of boys of the identical age. As for the sensation of loneliness, the hole is much more apparent, since 36.9% of teenage women in second 12 months, 41.8% of teenage women in first 12 months and 31.6% of younger girls in ultimate 12 months really feel alone, in comparison with respectively 15 %, 18.4% and 17.6% for boys.

Girls are additionally systematically extra affected than boys by depressive signs comparable to disappointment, “not being able to cope with much” and feeling discouraged. And if 15% of highschool college students have a big danger of despair, 23% of ladies in second grade have one, in comparison with 4.7% of highschool college students of the identical age. A revealing factor of this research is that twice as many highschool women report having tried suicide (17.4%) in comparison with boys (8.4%).

READ ALSO Children's Mental Health: Too Much Medication, Really? As a reminder, if younger folks aged 12 to 25 really feel the necessity, a free and nameless helpline, supported by Public Health France and managed by well being professionals, is open 7 days per week, from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. hours at 0 800 235 236.