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.

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.