ITHACA, N.Y. — A new study published by the Community Coalition for Healthy Youth in Ithaca gives an indication of mental health levels of local teens.
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The following graphic comes courtesy of that study’s data, which was collected in the Fall of 2014 and also tracked drug and alcohol use among teens:
“All mental health markers are higher (worse) than they were in 2012,” the study’s authors note.
“Nationally, 29% of high school students report feeling sad or hopeless. Tompkins rates are slightly higher than this.”
The study, “the Communities that Care Youth Survey,” drew answers from 3,911 students in grades 7-12 in 15 Tompkins County schools, with a response rate of 77.5 percent.
It was presented to the county’s Health and Human Services committee last week.