Survey shows increase in suicidal thoughts and behaviors in North Carolina students
The 2021 North Carolina Youth Risk Behavior Survey data shows an increase in suicidal thoughts and behaviors among students.
The survey, which was developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention more than 30 years ago, is a way to gauge what middle and high school students are experiencing as it relates to drugs, alcohol, violence, physical activity, and mental health. It’s voluntary and anonymous.
Ellen Essick with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction said the most recent data shows that mental health issues are on the rise, and just 49 percent of high school students strongly agree or agree that they feel good about themselves.
The percentage of students who reported having serious considerations of suicide in the last 12 months rose from 19% to 22%. There was a similar hike in students who had made plans for a suicide attempt.
The percentage of students who actually attempted suicide remained the same from 2019 to 2021 at 10%.
If you or someone you know may be considering suicide or is in crisis, call or text 988 to reach the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.