Event Recap - Teen Girls Experiencing Increased Sadness and Violence: Discussion with Utah Experts

According to a recently released Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, nearly 3 in 5 (57%) U.S. teen girls felt persistently sad or hopeless in 2021—double that of boys, representing a nearly 60% increase and the highest level reported over the past decade. It also discusses findings that teen girls are experiencing record high levels of violence, sadness, and suicide risk. LGBQ+ youth are at high risk as well. In this Spring Women's Leadership Forum, Dr. Susan Madsen moderated a panel with Utah mental health professionals—Drs. Christy Kane, Gina Hales, and Jenet Jacob Erickson—as well as the founder of Provo Girls Summit, Tanei Atagi Henry, who also moderated these concerning findings as they relate to girls and young women in the state of Utah. In addition to discussing the research findings, they shared practical solutions on how parents, educators, religious leaders, and other influencers can strengthen girls and young women today.

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