The State of Girls & Nonbinary Youth in Maine

An intergenerational discussion of the 2021 Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey (MIYHS) Results

Content warning: This page includes resources, information and a video discussion of the following topics: depression, anxiety, suicide, sexual violence, sexism, racism, transphobia, and homophobia. We encourage page visitors to take care of their own wellness while viewing the content on this page.

Moderated By:

Adrienne Carmack
Executive Director
Hardy Girls

With Panelists:

Sheila Nelson
Program Manager of Adolescent Health and Injury Prevention
Maine CDC

Coltrane McRae
First year student at Arizona State
former Hardy Girls FAB co-president

Quinn Gormley
Executive Director
Maine TransNet

Sophie Mihm
Senior at Messalonskee HS
current Hardy Girls FAB member

Angie Dooley
School Counselor
MSAD 49 in Fairfield, ME

The purpose of the Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey (MIYHS) is to assess the health status of Maine youth, as well as the positive and negative attitudes and behaviors that influence healthy development. Data from the MIYHS can be used by schools, community organizations, and state agencies to plan and evaluate prevention programs and to provide the basis for grant applications. The MIYHS represents the collaborative effort of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) and the Maine Department of Education.

Across measures of mental health, experiences of violence and sexual violence, and feelings of support and safety, girls are struggling at disporportionate rates – LGBTQ+ and BIPOC girls and nonbinary youth even more so.

Download a copy of the  Hardy Girls MIYHS Data Overview guide (pdf format)

Learn more about the drivers of the data disparities between female- and male-identifying students in Maine and hear from youth and field experts as they discuss the way forward.

Some facts from the 2021 MIYHS:

To read the 2021 MIYHS Report, visit

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Mental Health Hotlines:
Maine Crisis Line: 1-888-568-1112, Web link

Sexual Violence Response and Prevention:
Sexual Assault Helpline & Chat: 1-800-871-7741

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For Queer and Trans Youth:

For BIPOC Youth: