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In the News: Coverage of Blue Shield of California’s Back to School Survey Announcement

Several news outlets, including KFBK Radio in Sacramento, KMIR TV in Palm Springs and Telemundo in Southern California, profiled Blue Shield of California's recent Back to School Survey announcement that found nearly 3 in 4 teenagers in California are worried about catching COVID on campus this year. 

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The survey – conducted between July 26 and Aug. 5, asked 500 middle- and high school students in California (ages 13-18) to reflect on their mental health before and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic as they head back to the classroom. The poll is part of Blue Shield’s BlueSky initiative, the nonprofit health plan’s multi-year effort to support youth mental health including online and on-campus mental health services and supporting educator training on student mental health.

Nearly 8 in 10 teens say they are concerned about getting good grades this school year. One bright spot is that teenagers are reaching out and discussing their mental health: 

  • 54% talked about their mental health with a friend
  • 46% spoke with a parent or guardian 
  • 20% discussed with a teacher
  • 18% turned to a professional counselor or therapist

Check out the various news coverage on the topic below. 

For more on the Blue Shield of California’s youth mental health initiative, BlueSky, please click here.