A recent survey released by PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs and WETA Well Beings, a public media mental health initiative, reported that 72% of American teens believe the Covid-19 pandemic will put their generation at a long-term disadvantage.
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Since March, states across the country have imposed shelter-in-place requirements, asking citizens to stay at home as much as possible in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus. While a necessary precaution, the sad reality is that doing this creates an environment in which mental health disorders can thrive, especially those related to body image and disordered eating. A study conducted at San Diego State University and Florida State University found that in April, one in four Americans met criteria that would classify them as suffering with “serious mental distress.” That’s eight times as many as in 2018. A different study from wellbeings.org and PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs found that of 1,000 people interviewed between the ages of 16 and 19, more than half said that the pandemic has made their mental health either much worse or somewhat worse.