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State to create 'Florida-specific' behavioral health survey for students: What this means

In the spring of 2022, the Florida Department of Education announced it would stop using the CDC survey to assess children's mental and behavioral health.

Malique Rankin

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Published: 5:06 PM EST November 16, 2022
Updated: 6:39 PM EST November 16, 2022

Mental health in kids is declining. It's something we've heard in recent years as the pandemic took a toll on children in and out of the classroom. 

But what does that really look like here in Florida? Suicide is the second leading cause of death in adolescents. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers a survey to track behavioral health trends, called the Youth Risk Behavior Survey.

According to that survey, approximately 39.3 percent of adolescents in the state of Florida felt sad or hopeless almost every day for two weeks in the 12 months prior to the 2019 survey.

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Almost 18 percent of youth seriously considered attempting suicide and almost 9 percent of adolescents actually attempted suicide. In a high school of 2000 students, that translates to approximately 180 will have actually attempted suicide.

All of these statistics have worsened since the previous time the survey was administered in 2017.

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