2019 Minnesota Student Survey Shows Increase in Mental Health Problems

2019 Minnesota Student Survey Shows Increase in Mental Health Problems Click to Enlarge

The latest statewide survey of Minnesota students shows what officials call disturbing increases in those reporting mental health, emotional or behavioral problems.

Twenty-three percent reported problems this year - compared to 18 percent three years ago.

Twenty-four percent of 11th-graders reported seriously considering suicide at some point in their lives, while nearly one-in-ten said they actually attempted it. Those figures are three to four times higher for L-G-B-T-Q students. Doctor Courtney Jordan Baechler (BECK'-ler) with the state Health Department says students who feel supported at school are much less likely to consider suicide. She says the numbers highlight the need to have inclusive environments for everyone.

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