The CMHNetwork is quickly becoming a huge fan of the HHS Office of Adolescent Health. Take a look at their latest information on mental health, substance abuse and healthy relationships. Props to them for a great website full of information you can use with the families and youth you work with.
- Mental Health. Nationally, in 2011, 16% of high school students reported that they seriously considered attempting suicide, and 28% reported feeling sad or hopeless almost every day for two or more weeks in a row. Find out whether adolescents in your state are above or below these national averages.
- Substance Abuse. Nationally, in 2011, 39% of high school students reported drinking alcohol in the 30 days before the survey. Of these, 46% of female high school students and 35% of male high school students usually obtained that alcohol by someone giving it to them. Find out how adolescents in your state compare on these and other substance abuse measures.
- Healthy Relationships. According to the High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 22% of female high school students and 11% of male high school students were bullied through e-mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, Web sites, or texting in 2011. Find out whether adolescents in your state are above or below these national averages.